The second Saturday of June. It's a red letter. It should be marked in all of your diaries. If you make the effort to go to Leeds Carnival every year or wouldn't dream of missing Unity Day then let me introduce you to Beeston Festival. Now in its 18th year, Beeston Festival takes over Cross Flatts Park for a day and puts on one of the best free shows in Leeds.
A dedicated committee of volunteers works throughout the year to put on the festival. Four entertainment areas, children's and young people's activities, a bazaar with 80 stalls, a fun fair and a greenhouse made of recycled pop bottles don't just organise themselves you know. As the Safety Officer for the festival, I was on site from 6:30 this morning and didn't leave until 7pm. I can't take credit for the longest shift, that honour belongs to Jeremy Morton.
There is also great food on offer from your barbecue and jerk chicken to Indian and Caribbean curries. I managed to inhale a burger whilst keeping an eye on all things Health and Safety, but by the end of the event I was knackered and ready for food.
I was met at home with the amazing smell of two curries bubbling away on the stove. Z had found some leftover vegetable and chick pea curry in the freezer from earlier in the year. She accompanied it with fresh dahl and ice cold beer. The beer was generic lager, so nothing to write home about, but the daal was fantastic. I think lentils are fast becoming my favourite part of any Indian meal.
With a full stomach and rested limbs I can now look back on the day. We didn't have the glorious weather that normally accompanies Beeston Festival, but it wasn't a wash out either. Every face I saw as I was moving around the park was clearly having a good time, and that's what matters.