Garforth Arts Festival

Doesn’t time fly! The Garforth Arts Festival is now in its fifth year. This year it runs from Monday 29 June to Saturday 11 July. The thriving festival has attracted a line up including Garforth Jazz Rock Bank, Leeds’s own Chumbawamba, punk band Buzzcocks and Ricky Tomlinson’s Laughter Show. The local bookshop (at 15 Main Street) is selling tickets for this year’s event. I remember that the event was free for the first couple of years, and although there is a charge,the prices are reasonable and I’m pleased to note that there will be discounts for families and local residents.

‘Coal Face’ from St Mary’s Youth Theatre sounds particularly interesting, this is one I hope I can go and see! It sees a young lad finishing school to go down the pit at Ledston Luck. The play is set in the 1940s and Tommy’s biggest problem isn’t that he’s not from Garforth, but that he’s from the future! ‘Coal Face’ is on 30 June at Garforth Community College. St Mary’s Youth Theatre are excellent and I had the privilege to work with them when I was councillor for Garforth.