Saturday, 4 July 2015

A grand day out in Silsden park

Above: the sun shone for Silsden's Grand deParty in the park on July 4 when a variety of events coincided with the Tour de France Grand Depart in Utrecht, Holland, a year after Yorkshire auspiciously hosted the start of the famous race.
 Above: some of the pairs who took part in the relay run for adults and under-11s.  
Above and below: Silsden Town Band entertained in a perfect outdoor setting for brass-band music.   
Above: experienced members of Silsden Playing Fields Bowling Club were kept busy introducing youngsters to the game.
 Above: not every wood goes where you want it to.
 Above: novelty equipment proved the ideal way to attract the interest of youngsters.  
Above: the park opened in 1934 and has been a major town asset ever since.
Above: Silsden AFC under-10s took part in the soccer matches. They are pictured here with the age-group trophy they won at the recent Silsden tournament, which has become one of the biggest junior soccer events in the UK. 
Above: Silsden AFC under-8s showed off the kit they will wear as the under-9s squad in the coming season, sponsored by Shaun Topper's TMC Joinery. The new sponsor follows Silsden Opticians' support.
Above and below: families made the most of the fine weather to support what was the first in a series of Grand deParty events in July, capitalising on the great community day last year when the Tour de France came through Silsden.

Above: two of the youngsters who completed the popular Becyling obstacle course run by cycling coach Chris Armstrong, who will be providing summer holiday cycling activities in the district.
Above: a "dogstacle" course organised by Linda Flanagan and friends was a hit. Linda's pet Papillon dog Louis is pictured with a new friend.