The Leeds West Indian Carnival began in 1967 as one man's cure for his homesickness. It now attracts up to 150,000 visitors every year, generating an estimated ten million pounds for the local economy. In this programme, dancers, designers, police and parade-goers all tell their stories as we follow their progress, from sunrise to sunset.
Costume designer Hughbon Condor trained as an engineer, and it shows. One of his creations consists of giant bat wings which, when unfurled, release lots of tiny bats all dancing around the "parent." Meanwhile, his son Sephbon is busy constructing his own creation, hoping to outdo his father and be crowned Carnival King. As the last minute preparations and costume repairs are executed, the staff at Maureen's Caribbean Cuisine are building their stall in the park, ready to sell succulent jerk chicken for eight hours non-stop. And, as the carnival beat begins to rise, Chief Inspector Matt Davison is briefing his officers on how to safely and successfully police the heady mix of spices, soca, drum and bass, and alcohol.
One Day in Summer was recorded on August 25th 2014, and follows the stores of designers, dancers, chefs and carnival-goers as they take to the streets of Chapeltown in Leeds.