Bradford has recently gone through a bit of much-needed regeneration to attract more tourists into its city center. For me, this has been a huge success and I intend to photograph it lots and lots over the coming months.
Bradford is not always given the best advertising and is rarely shown for its merits. Despite living in Leeds (a neighboring city just 10 miles away) for almost 8 years, I think I have visited central Bradford three times in total as there has never been loads to do in the center and of course, the shops are not as good as those in Leeds. On a recent visit to a friend’s house however, we found ourselves wandering down to the new fountains in Centenary Square right in the heart of the city and we were all really, really impressed.
There is a really nice article about the new fountains here which I enjoyed because it suggests that the bursts of water represent Yorkshire Pride – what a lovely concept that is. The area itself has had a lot done to it, with a new building near the town hall full of cafes, bars and restaurants. Then there is a huge area (bigger than a football pitch at the very least, probably more) where the “puddle in the park” fountains now stand. They start in the early morning, spraying just a bit of mist around, and get more powerful through the day. There are periods when you can stroll between them all, but as the water gets more forceful as the day goes by, the pathways disappear. Then in the evening it all lights up and looks lovely. This is a great place to take your other half for a wander round in the spring time sunshine (if we ever get any, that is!)