Major success for Bradford’s annual Dragonboat Festival

People starting to arrive at the festival site, Roberts Park in Saltaire

By Tamara Schofield

THOUSANDS of people have turned up to support Bradford’s 2017 Dragonboat Festival.

Large crowds descended on Roberts Park in Saltaire over the weekend despite the weather to cheer on more than 40 teams from across Yorkshire.

The teams were raising money for the Bradford’s Lord Mayor’s chosen charity YoungMinds – a charity which helps young people and their families find out about what mental health and wellbeing services are available to them.

The festival had opened on Friday with the Bradford Youth Dragon Boat Championship, open to any secondary school or youth and community group who work with young people aged 11 to 19.

Bradford-based loans firm, Provident Financial’s team ‘Provi Duck’ was declared the winners of Saturday’s race.

On Sunday, corporate teams took to the water to raise funds for a variety of chosen charities.

Saltaire World Heritage Guide, Maria Glot said: “the atmosphere was second-to-none, there was something for everybody.”

“All I can see is it getting better and better, and hopefully a lot more people will come from further afield to enjoy it, it was excellent.”

Other entertainment in the park included live music, an Army inflatable assault course, Zumba classes and a climbing wall.

Members of Bradford Magic Circle were also mingling with the crowds performing magic tricks.


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