Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Dragon Boat Festival 2016

Roberts Park played host to the second Bradford Dragon Boat Festival, which looks like becoming another annual fixture in Saltaire's busy calendar. Last year the river was in flood and the races had to take place on the canal. In contrast, this year saw one of the first really warm and sunny days of the year, ideal weather that brought the crowds out in force. The proceedings were started by Bradford's current Lord Mayor, Councillor Joanne Dodds.  The event raises funds for the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal, which this year is supporting the Bradford Children's Hospital Fund and Spread a Smile which gives small grants to local community groups.

The Lord Mayor posed for a photo with the SSWC team from Shipley and Saltaire Wellness Centre. The gentleman in the black top is an actor, John Middleton, who plays Ashely Thomas, the vicar in the popular TV soap 'Emmerdale'.


  1. The mayor looks a little overdressed for the occasion. I take it she was not involved in the action.

  2. Oh yes as seen on yesterdays post the crowds were out in force Jenny :) good that they have the big screen up so everyone can see the races. Your Mayor looks like quite a character :)

  3. Great detail on the head. I know a tremendous amount of organization goes into these- our dragon boat festival has an office downtown, and they're busy through the year working towards the next festival.

  4. Was certainly nice and the weather apparently too !


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