Christians extend friendship and love

The joint schools choir at the Love Calderdale event
The joint schools choir at the Love Calderdale event

The third Love Calderdale event brought families into the Piece Hall in their droves despite the dismal weather.

Soul and motown band The Fabulous BB Kings opened the show and were followed by a choir formed from pupils of Bolton Brow and Copley Primary Schools.

Also performing were singer Corey Tucker, the dance troupe Dance2Beats, the lively band Small Words and singers Elly Smith and Lizzey Coleman.

There were plenty in the queues for free hotdogs and elsewhere there was a climbing wall, sand pits, stalls, activities including pebble painting and nail painting, donkey rides and music videos.

There were around 250 volunteers including compere Stephan Chavrimootoo representing churches from across the district.

One of the organisers Dave Fawcett said he expected several thousand people to have joined in the fun last Saturday afternoon.

“We feel it’s an important part of the church to do things for people and by running this event we are trying to show the love of God to everyone in Calderdale,” he said.

“Everything was free and it cost around £5,000 which came from donations.”

Several people also chose the event to be baptised Christians and Mr Fawcett said it was a fitting venue as historically the Piece Hall was a centre of worship for churches.

Sue Degnan, of Halifax, said it was fantastic to see the Piece Hall filled with people enjoying themselves.

“To see the Piece Hall alive is fantastic and fun,” she said.

Michelle Houlihan, also of Halifax, was with her children and grandchildren.

“It’s great for the grandkids, free food and good fun - they don’t often see donkeys in Halifax,” she said.

The Piece Hall will be shut for refurbishment next year and Mr Fawcett said the hope is that Love Calderdale will be able to transfer to Savile Park and be extended to last two days.