Last weekend was the main weekend of Saltaire Festival, an annual event held in my local village with a Continental Market, live music and the like. My parents came up for the weekend and a great time was had by all!
The above picture was taken early on Saturday morning, I live 2 roads away from the main acting so I ventured out to see what tasties were on offer 🙂
The Piazza stage looking nice and quiet, not for long!
Headed down to the local Church to see what the fete had to offer. Pickles came along too and got lots of attention!
By now I couldn’t resist any longer, off to the Continental Market I went to bask in all the tasty foodness!
Yummy Greek food, bought some breads with Chilli and onions in them, so good.
Pies! again yes I had one (diet be damned this weekend!) – treated myself to a picnic pie which is a normal pork pie with chicken and stuffing also.
French tarts, brioche and the like, could get used to having all this on my doorstep.
As you can see it got very busy very quickly! this is probably about 1pm on Saturday
Stopped off for a Jerk Chicken Pitta for lunch, all this walking aint easy!
Bratwurst roasting on a massive grill, hanging from chains above coal embers, you gotta admit they don’t do things by half!
The view from the top of Exhibition Road
Due to Roberts Park being in the middle of a massive renovation, the funfair was moved this year to a park just up from the top of exhibition road, and this was our next stop!
Those choc apples look amazing!
Emma and her sister Lucy
Ah the Polish beer stand, like seeing an old friend again 🙂
After a stroll around we decided to head down Victoria Road to the Piazza Stage to see what the live music was like. Came across some characters on the way…
Nobody told me Boris Johnson was coming!
Scary local thesp, think they were doing a production of Hamlet
Just a bit busier than earlier!
Emmas parents having fun
Skeyin, great folky music
A view of the crowd, amazing how many people fit in this tiny car park
Obligatory Birru pic!
Everyone was a bit peckish now so we headed down to the Boathouse but really should’ve known better – it was heaving! In the end we settled for a leisurely stroll down the canal to the Noble Comb 🙂 After a stupidly large portion of fish and chips it was back to the piazza stage to catch a couple more bands before sleeps!
And last band of the night, The King Bz
Absolutely booshed we headed home, expecting another packed day tomorrow. For some reason I was up stupidly early – probably still in work mode so I darted out quickly first thing to see the classic cars at Northcliffe Garage.
They don’t make them like this anymore
Or this in fact! This is a Bond Bug, a perfect example of the mad world of tomorrow ideas that the worlds alot sadder without.
There were only a couple of cars there at this time (9am ish) so I figured it’d check back later and headed home to rally the troops.
Off to Salts Mill! we’d seen posters advertising a scale model railway of Saltaire on display
Choo choo! the display was a great recreation of the area, and showed Saltaire back in it’s glory days
Being a period piece, Saltaire station had it’s original building intact, I wish they’d rebuild this in the real world!
The layout stretched from Hirst Wood on one side, to Shipley at the other which consisted of this great street scene which included local landmarks like the Salvation Army Citadel
We spent a little while chatting to the guy looking after the model and apparently it took a good 8 years to construct, wow!
Back to the market for some lunch
Emma had some Teriyaki Chicken noodles, nom nom
Hot Aire, busting out classics ranging from Pirates of the Caribbean to the Sound of Music.
Today was lovely and sunny – a massive improvement on yesterday
Now it was time for the Dog show! so we met up with Cliff, Dave, Ben & Diana and headed up to watch. Em and I met another Tibetan Terrier but Pickles was at home at the time, brought him up later but didn’t find them again 🙁
Cliff and Daves Pug Rupert made some friends!
We had some time before the show started so we headed for a look around.
A little taste of Japanese, Octopus Dumplings!
Dog show time, so many cute dogs around, Pickles was going nuts!
Today was absolutely roasting, so we headed to Fannys for a much needed drink!
Cliff and Dave headed home after that, and Ben and Di needed to walk into Shipley for a bus home so we headed back towards Northcliffe Garage to see if any more classic cars had appeared.
Better than just seeing, Emma got to sit in one!
The car is a 1928 Austin, the fact it’s still running is incredible! I’d like to see cars of today run when they’re 80 years old.
The guy who was looking after the car, really nice and told us loads about it
Evening was setting in so we headed home for a homemade lasange (courtesy of mum) and some impromptu music courtesy of dad!
Dad serendaing Pickles
Grrr gimme cake
With the festival drawing to a close, we headed out to watch the final band, Eddie Earthquake and the Tremors
Quite a crowd amassed for them!
And the men themselves
They were a real crowd pleaser! Playing hits by the Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Zombies to name but a few. People of all ages were singing along and the atmosphere was great! They even encored, which consisted of a medley of the Happy Days theme and Wipeout by the Surfaris!
Dad chatting to the bassist and generally being a bit of a groupie 🙂
And here endeth the festival and one fantastic weekend, roll on next year!