From Ilkley Gazette.

BEN Rhydding’s Valley Drive field was buzzing on Saturday as a record crowd enjoyed the tenth anniversary of the Ben Rhydding Community Fete.

The Fete, which has become a regular date on the Ben Rhydding social calendar, was officially opened by Councillor Stephen Butler, vice-chairman of Ilkley Parish Council.

Entertainment included displays of dancing and gymnastics and stalls hosted by numerous local clubs, societies and charities. There was the chance to have a go at croquet and bowls, and, along with plenty of ice-cream and a bouncy castle, it all made for a fun-filled family afternoon for all ages attracting a record crowd.

With the theme of this year’s celebratory event combining the royal 90th birthday and the first year of the first Ben Rhydding Scarecrow Festival, it was appropriate that the scarecrow with the most votes was a representation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on St John’s Road. Stansfield Close was awarded best street for their Jungle Book scarecrows.

The winner of the scarecrow fancy dress competition was seven-year-old Freya Hein, whose very authentic costume was adorned with lots of black crows. The 2nd Bradford North Seeonee Beavers and Cubs also took part and all won a prize.

The tea tent did a roaring trade, burgers were barbecued and the Wheatley Arms manned the beer tent. Music was provided by the Singe n’ Swing Jazz Band.

“Altogether it was a great day and one of the most successful fetes to date,” said organiser Mrs Karen Palframan. “We’ve been going ten years now. We’ve grown a lot in that time, and are in need of some more people on the fete committee, so we’d be very pleased to hear from anyone who might be interested.”

For further information contact Karen Palframan at , or 01943 607334. Visit for more photos.

*The scarecrow trail solution was ‘Happy Birthday HM’, and the prize of a meal for two at The Wheatley Arms was won by Emma Docherty and family, who also guessed the closest number of scarecrows on the trail.

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