Romans to return to Castleford

Wakefield District Council have announced plans to revamp Castleford town centre, with the Carlton Street shopping area having a major part in the plan.'Pictured: Cllr Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration, pictured on Carlton Street, Castleford.'p306a436
Wakefield District Council have announced plans to revamp Castleford town centre, with the Carlton Street shopping area having a major part in the plan.'Pictured: Cllr Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for regeneration, pictured on Carlton Street, Castleford.'p306a436
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Castleford’s Roman history will take centre stage at a festival in the town later this year.

Castleford Business Forum is organising the Roman festival in September as part of a series of events to boost business and visitor numbers in the town.

There will also be a seaside in the town event in August.

Coun Denise Jeffery, group chairwoman and Castleford councillor, said: “We want to build Castleford up and increase the number of people coming to the town.

“Wakefield has the rhubarb festival and Pontefract has the liquorice festival so, given Castleford’s links to the Romans, we thought it would be a great event for the town.”

The festival, on the weekend of September 5 and 6, will include stalls on Carlton Street and entertainment around the town centre.

Coun Jeffery said the organisers hoped to get children at schools across Castleford involved in the event.

She added: “I just felt like there were a lot of events going on in Wakefield but nothing in Castleford.

“I want to have more in Castleford because events like this lead to people coming into the town – and the more people you get into your town, the more money is going through the tills in our local shops.”

Plans are also being made for a seaside in the town day in Castleford, similar to the annual event held in Wakefield.

The event will see Castleford transformed into a seaside resort with stalls, fairground rides and a man-made beach.

A date is yet to be confirmed for the event but Coun Jeffery said it will be held over a weekend in August.

Coun Jeffery added: “There is a lot happening in Castleford at the minute and we want to draw more people into the town.

“The revamp of Queen’s Mill into an arts and culture museum is a huge project that will also help bring visitors to the town.

“We want to try and open up the town centre down to the mill and make that a key draw for visitors.”

Coun Jeffery said work was also progressing on revamping the town centre, including Carlton Street and Aire Street as well as around Wheldon Road and the former Hickson and Welch chemical site.