Festival was a shining light

A one-off festival which drew 12,000 people in to the upper Calder Valley after last year’s floods has won a national award.

The Valley of Lights, organised by Totally Locally, funded by Calderdale Council and supported by hundreds of volunteers, was voted ‘Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative’ at the Association for Public Service Excellence awards.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Environment, Coun Barry Collins, said: “Winning this nationally recognised award is a real honour for Calderdale. It’s a fine example of what can be achieved when the public, private and voluntary sectors all work together.”

Pictured (from the left), Phil Hiscott, Chris Sands, Rachel Jones, Coun Barry Collins and Atomic Kitten’s Liz McClarnon