Thousands make it fun in the sun as Leeds parties

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THOUSANDS of revellers soaked up the sun as they watched a string of chart-topping pop stars perform at Temple Newsam, Leeds, at the weekend.

Hysterical female fans of the band One Direction were hoisted from the crowd by bouncers in an attempt to calm them down as the boy band took to the stage to sing hits including What Makes You Beautiful and One Thing.

Alexandra Burke on stage at Temple Newsam, Leeds

Alexandra Burke on stage at Temple Newsam, Leeds

Band member Zayn Malik, 19, said: “It is great to be back up north again. It’s amazing.”

Zayn and Doncaster-born band member Louis Tomlinson started a ‘Yorkshire’ chant during the set.

Louis told the crowd: “It’s like I never left. It is so nice to be back in Yorkshire.”

The boys also had a surprise visit from TV’s X-Factor host Dermot O’Leary during their set, provoking screams from the crowd.

Party In the Park 2012 at Temple Newsam, Leeds

Party In the Park 2012 at Temple Newsam, Leeds

Around 70,000 people flocked to the free annual concert, organised by Leeds City Council and Radio Aire.

X Factor judge Tulisa rounded off the concert and told fans she had been persuaded to stay up partying in Leeds until 6am with One Direction.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure services, Coun Adam Ogilvie, said: “This year’s Party in the Park has been another phenomenal success. And the sun even came out to make our annual pop extravaganza even more special.”