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May 31, 2018

Where’s Wally? At Kirkstall Abbey!

We’re on the hunt for Wallys

If you spot any lost Wallys wandering around Leeds next weekend then point them in the direction of Kirkstall Abbey, where there’ll be striped jumpers and bobble hats all round.

That’s where Kirkstall Valley Development Trust will be attempting to set a world record for the largest gathering of Wallys in a single place, with 4,626 the number to beat.

To help in the bid, would-be Wally’s need to wear a red and white-striped hat and t-shirt, blue jeans and specs in order to be counted. Costumes can be bought at Dress Up & Party on North Lane in Headingley, with a 10% discount available if you tell them its for this event.

The attempt will take place as part of Wally’s Festival of Fun, a free event that promises a day of feel-good activities aimed at people of all ages while raising money for local mental health charities. There’ll be laughing yoga, improvised comedy, children’s games and crafts, and even a Wally dog competition. There’ll be a range of food and drink options available, or people are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of the Abbey.

Wally can be a symbol of someone being lonely in a crowd, and part of the goal of this event is to shed light on the issue of social isolation and loneliness. 

KVDT are working alongside Kirkstall Abbey and Leeds City College to produce affordable events which increase visitor numbers to the Abbey, give local young people work and performance experience and bring the community together. 

For further information please contact Mandy Long on 07910 312 093.

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