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Picnics banned at Party in the Park

Tens of thousands of people are attracted to Party in the Park in Leeds, but this year picnics will be banned. Credit: ITV Calendar

Organisers of one of the region's biggest music events have banned festival-goers from bringing their own food onto the site - in an effort to cut costs.

Party in the Park at Temple Newsham House in Leeds attracts crowds of 70,000 people and until this year's event, fans have been able to bring in picnic hampers and cooler boxes.

But at next month's festival, revellers will be barred from bringing anything other than a half litre bottle of water. Organisers say sales of food and drink help to meet the costs of staging the concert.

Huddersfield music festival

Three days of music celebration begins today in Huddersfield.

The Concerts in the Park star with a special performance of "Thank you for the Music", which is a live show featuring the music of ABBA and the Bee Gees.

On Saturday the stage will be set for a Jubilee proms evening, with the Orchestra of Opera North.And finally on Sunday chart-topper Tinchy Stryder will headline Party in the Park.

It's great news that Tinchy Stryder will be performing at this year's Party in the Park, along with "ones to watch" Vince Kidd and Marlon Roudette. Over the course of the weekend, Greenhead Park will come alive witha whole host of musicians and performers and we're hoping the sun makes an appearance too!

– Councillor Jean Calvert, Kirklees Council