On Sunday 14th June my family and I went to the Bradford Mela for the first time in its 21 year history despite living so close. Not sure quite what to expect, we were very pleasantly surprised. It all takes place in Peel Park which was larger than I’d expected from driving past it. We were lucky enough to park easily but then we did go early! The picture on the right was taken by my daughter Charlotte and you can see what a lovely day it was for us. This was a structure like an enormous maypole with really bright ribbons.
There’s lots to see and do at the Mela with four stages offering a variety of music and dance. I particularly enjoyed joining in with the dancing to African music but I’m glad there’s no photographic evidence. We had patterns applied to our hands with henna which I’m now wondering how long it’s going to last as it’s much darker now than it was yesterday!
As well as a funfair and a market there’s lots of places to try some tasty food, have a go at a few crafts and just generally soak up the atmosphere. An image which has stayed with me is the flags to the right. They were a fantastic sight to behold and I thought how fabulous they would have looked if they’d been felt.