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Welcome To Tadcaster…

Our new website brings everything to you…

Tadcaster’s New Community Website

The Olympic Torch Going Through Tadcaster In 2012

Tadcaster Hosts A Jubilee Concert

The attendance for the Queens Jubilee celebrations was phenomenal

Bring The Family For A Day Out

If you’re looking for somewhere for a day trip, call and see us!

Tadcaster Carnival 2013 A Huge Success

Tadcaster Carnival 2013

Welcome to the Tadcaster Citizen, the new and improved Tadcaster community website.

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Tadcaster

Welcome to the Tadcaster Citizen, the new and improved Tadcaster community website. Whether you are looking for what’s on in Tadcaster, local business listings, market days, or general interest news, you will find it here.

Tadcaster, a town steeped in history which is surrounded by the amazing North Yorkshire countryside. Tadcaster is the last town on the river Wharfe before it merges with the river Ouse which is approximate 10 miles further downstream.

Our town is twinned with Saint Chély d’Apcher in France and has been since 1999.

Not only is Tadcaster home to three famous breweries but also the oldest brewery in Yorkshire – Samuel Smith’s which has been brewing fine ales since 1758. Samuel Smith’s is the only surviving independent brewery in the area and the oldest brewery in England.

Tadcaster was founded by the Romans, who named it Calcaria from the Latin word for lime, reflecting the importance of the area’s limestone geology as a natural resource for quarrying, an industry which continues today and has contributed to many notable buildings including York Minster. Calcaria was an important staging post on the road to Eboracum (York), which grew up at the river crossing.

You can find out more about Tadcaster by clicking Here

Tadcaster Carnival 2014 was another resounding success, if you’d like to view some of the photos of the day please feel free to click here

The photo below was taken by Paul Hoaksey on carnival day and I think it is one of the best photos of the day and really shows the family spirit on carnival days…

Tadcaster Carnival 2014

 

Below is the events and classes calendar for Tadcaster 2015 which has been compiled with the help of Lucy from The Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster… If you would like to advertise your event here please drop me an email with the details and it will appear shortly.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Jul 6 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 7 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 14 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Tadcaster Carnival 2015
Tadcaster Carnival 2015 @ Tadcaster Carnival
Jul 19 all-day
Tadcaster Carnival 2015 @ Tadcaster Carnival | Tadcaster | England | United Kingdom
if you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know just how big and successful the Tadcaster Carnival has been over the past few [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 21 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Yoga Classes 8:00 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Yoga Classes @ Tadcaster Boys Sunday School
YOGA Monday 8 to 9.30pm in the Boys Sunday School Fridays 10-11:30 AM During term times   Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster Whether you’re 18 [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 2:00 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Mondays – 2.00 – 2.30 & 2.45 – 3.15 – Melody Bear Movement Classes for ages 2+. Please bring Teddy or doll. Theatre craft & [...]
Greek Dance 4:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Greek Dance @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]
Wiggle and Giggle 10:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggle and Giggle @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Wiggle n Giggle Dance Exercise Fun, friendly class Easy to follow, clear instruction OVER 50s ESPECIALLY WELCOME Viv Bolton teaches Wiggle n Giggle dancercise classes [...]
Silhouette Dance Academy 3:45 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 28 @ 3:45 pm – 7:15 pm
Silhouette Dance Academy @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Tuesdays – 3.45 – 4.15 – Dance class – mix of all styles – Class 1 for Reception/Year 1 4.15 – 5.00 – Dance class [...]
Zumba 6:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zumba @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  SUMMER IS ON ITS WAY – LEAVE THE GYM BEHIND – COME AND GET FIT THE FUN WAY!!!!!….. LET ME MOTIVATE YOU TO [...]
Tadcaster Jive 7:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tadcaster Jive @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
Ceroc Dance Tadcaster A fun and easy way to learn how to dance, you’re sure to have a great night out and meet loads of [...]
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS 6:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
STRICTLY FITSTEPS CLASS @ Riley Smith Hall | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
  Fitsteps class, Come and dance yourself fit  - The Strictly Come Dancing way, and get a great workout too. The dancing and the [...]
Spirit of Harmony 7:30 pm
Spirit of Harmony @ Riley Smith Hall
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirit of Harmony, Yorkshire’s premier Mens Barbershop Chorus – Rehearse in the hall. Visitors and New members welcome. Come along to hear them sing from [...]
Greek Dancs 4:00 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Greek Dancs @ Boys’ Sunday School, Tadcaster | Tadcaster | United Kingdom
AT THE BOYS SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCHYARD TADCASTER LS24 9BL     Dance Classes Tadcaster TIMETABLE MONDAY 4:00-4:30pm BALLET/GREEK 5-8YRS 4:30-5:00pm TAP/MODERN 5-8YRS 5:00-6:00pm STREET [...]

 

Staying Informed…

When you are out and about in Tadcaster you can pretty much guarantee that you are going to find out something new each day. The problem is that unless you tell someone the news, no one else knows. We’re not talking about Chinese whispers or gossip, we are talking about factual information which may affect people in Tadcaster, but if they’re not informed, they are missing out.

Tell us what’s coming up for local events, what’s on at the Riley Smith Hall, new pub openings, proposed building schemes,, you can send us pretty much anything you think is useful to the people of Tadcaster and we will find a place for it on the website.

 

Don’t forget to check the Tadcaster Town Council website for local Council News – Town Council

BBC News - England

The latest stories from the England section of the BBC News web site.

A school cancels a £1,650 trip to Barbados because too few pupils signed up to go.
The Airports Commission backs a third Heathrow runway, saying it will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050.
A fruit farm manager is jailed for the manslaughter of two of his workers who died after being sent into a nitrogen-filled storage tank while holding their breath.
England basks in sunshine as temperatures reach the hottest they have been for nine years.
A humpback whale is filmed close to the shore off south Devon.
A pair of Queen Victoria's cotton pants with a 45in (114cm) waistband are to be sold at auction in Wiltshire.
Runways report: Harmondsworth residents give their reaction to the Airports Commission report recommending a third Heathrow runway.
The families of three 7 July suicide bombers from Leeds are still looking for answers 10 years on, an imam says.
The mother of a 16-year-old who died after a three-month period of constipation tells an inquest she did not advise her not to be examined or go to hospital.
Just one person attended a two-hour surgery session organised by a councillor who had returned from the US to be there, it has emerged.

Tadcaster Carnival 2015

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Pick up a copy of the Tadcaster Carnival Programme today and you could be a winner!

The 32-page programme went on sale this week packed with information about this year’s event, which will take place on Sunday 19 July and 104.7 Minster FM will be there too.

With discount vouchers from local businesses, editorials and features on organisations in the town, this year’s programme also offers readers a chance to win a star prize – dinner for two and overnight accommodation at the 4* Hazlewood Castle Hotel.

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Tadcaster Carnival

The committee has pulled out all the stops to make sure that the fourth annual Carnival has something for everyone. With a fabulous line-up of local musical talent on the Martin House Stage, Arena events, including a Falconry display, stalls, Leeds Pipe Band and all the fun of the fair, the evening entertainment will feature not one, but two fabulous bands, Tom Rocks And The Replicants and Boomin.

“The Carnival is an incredibly rewarding thing to be involved in within the community and the time, effort and money which goes into it each year never fails to amaze me,” said Tadcaster Carnival Committee member Kirsty Perkins. “Most of the people on the Committee have the fondest memories of Tadcaster Carnival from years gone by and to see wonderful new memories created each year makes all the hard work totally worthwhile,” she added.

Carnival day will start in traditional style with the Tadcaster Town Council Carnival Parade, which leaves Ripon Farm Services at noon, processing through Tadcaster and ending at Magnets Sports & Social Club. At 1pm there will be the presentation of prizes to the Best Float and also to the 2015 Carnival Cover Competition and Poster winners, Jessica Rooke from Tadcaster East School and Laura Gaines of Tadcaster Grammar School. The girls will each receive a monetary prize from Nick Devine of Devine Meats who has sponsored that competition this year.

Bars will remain open and food will be served until late and the day’s event will conclude with a grand Firework Display, rounding off a perfect day in spectacular style.

Pre-purchased programmes at £2 each will admit a family of up to four people to the Carnival on the gate, but on the day entrance is £1 per person. Programmes are available from local businesses and outlets in the town, including Bridge Street News, the Chocolate Box on Kirkgate, Ward’s Butchers, Calcaria Carpets, Allen’s, Devine Meats, The Granary and Magnets Sports & Social Club and they will also be sold during the Parade on the day.

WATCH Tadcaster Carnival Highlights 2014

BACKGROUND

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Well-known Tadcaster resident and Councillor, Richard Sweeting (Pictured) was only seven years old when, dressed as a shepherd, he took part in the first Tadcaster Carnival in 1975.

Richard Sweeting Tadcaster Carnival Cup

Whilst there had been a Carnival in 1953 for the Coronation year, it had been a one-off and never carried on. However, the Carnival proper started in 1975 and Richard has fond memories of a time gone by and a huge part of his childhood growing up in Tadcaster.

“It was definitely 1975 as it was the early years of Tadcaster Town Council,” said Richard. “As councillors they probably decided to do something for the people of Tadcaster, involved different organisations, a committee was formed and hey presto the Carnival was born,” he said.

The first Carnival took place at Toulston at the polo ground and a procession went all round the estates, up round Fir Tree Crescent and round Woodlands. In 1979-80 the Carnival venue was changed to Tadcaster Albion Football ground for a few years and the latter couple of years took place in Castle Hill grounds. Richard seems to think that the last one was held in 1989 and definitely not since he has been a Councillor from 1991.

“The Carnival in the early years was absolutely fantastic and we had some wonderful times,” said Richard. “It wasn’t just about the Carnival day itself. In times gone by there was a Church Service before and after the Carnival, pubs used to host domino knockouts and pub quizzes and the event catered for everyone. In 1977 for the Silver Jubilee there must have been more than 60 floats. The community spirit in those days was so alive, but I know that times change and communities aren’t what they used to be and we all know that,” he added.

During a chance meeting in 2011 with Richard Rooke of Rooke’s Transport, Richard told him that he was thinking of doing something big for the Diamond Jubilee and had an idea to reinstate the Carnival. He asked Mr Rooke if he thought it was feasible and he said he was sure it was. Shortly afterwards Richard had another chance meeting, this time with Linda Poskitt and told her what he had in mind. Richard knew Linda and her daughters Zoe and Kirsty well from their involvement in the past with the Carnival and they all wanted to come on board and get involved, because they too thought it was a wonderful idea.

Because Richard was involved in the Golden Jubilee and VE Day anniversary celebrations for the town, he really wanted the Diamond Jubilee to be something the people of Tadcaster would remember. “Thinking of all the memories of what we did when we were kids, I wanted the younger generation to see what we saw and what we grew up with in Tadcaster and I wanted to get the community spirit back, which I think we did that Diamond Jubilee year,” said Richard.

As a Councillor and Chairman of the Publicity Committee, Richard was given the task by the Town Council to form a Diamond Jubilee committee. He had plenty of contacts, being involved on the Seniors Treat committee for 21 years, a member of Tadcaster Church since childhood and because he says that “people trusted in me”. “We wrote to as many organisations as we could and asked everyone to come to a meeting to see if we could do something to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. “That’s how we did it and the rest is history,” said Richard.

Richard admits he is old fashioned, but a big believer in community life and he wanted the youngsters in Tadcaster to have a taste of what he had so enjoyed for all those years. “I sowed the seed for that Diamond Jubilee year, but I did nothing,” said Richard modestly. “Everyone else made it happen and helped to make my dream a reality,” he said.

The Carnival Committee thought it would be a one-off, but it was decided to carry on, because the event had been such a success.

“Tadcaster is a special place and the Carnival brings people into the town and I will support it as long as it continues, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication and committee members pull out all the stops to make sure that the Carnival takes place,” he stressed.

Richard’s vision for the future of the Carnival is that he wants it to continue and survive for future generations. However, it relies on volunteers to make it happen, so if you have even a few hours to spare and would like to get involved to “keep the show on the road”, please speak to a Committee member.


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