Groups make a song and dance on big day

Neighbours Day at the Piece Hall, Halifax.'Heavenly cupcakes - Sharon Taylor (centre), with helpers Charlotte Taylor (left) and Harriet Earey.
Neighbours Day at the Piece Hall, Halifax.'Heavenly cupcakes - Sharon Taylor (centre), with helpers Charlotte Taylor (left) and Harriet Earey.
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Thousands of people packed the Piece Hall to celebrate Calderdale Neighbours’ Day.

Hundreds of residents were treated to well over five hours of free music and entertainment by volunteer groups.

On the main stage were hosts Phoenix FM, who gave a live show which included a guest appearance from Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd. Performers included drum sensations Sambalifax, rhythm sticks played by pupils from Sowerby Village Junior and Infant School and several dance groups.

Halifax Courier web idol winner Hayley-Rose Roberts sang for the crowd, and there were many market stalls open for business.

The audience were also given the chance to nominate their own neighbour of they year for a prize which will be awarded next year.

Steve Blackman, manager of the volunteer centre at Volunteer Action Calderdale, said Neighbours Day was an important community project.

“It’s about different cultures coming together and demonstrating the huge diversity in Calderdale,” he said.

“Last year it poured down and it was a bit of a disaster, but the weather was better and I would say we’ve had around 10,000 people throughout the course of the day.

“It’s taken a year to plan it, and now this year is finished we’ll start thinking about next year,” said Steve.

Members of the public were full of praise for the day. Visitor Laura White said: “I came down because it was something different and I think the fact that it’s free is a really good idea.”

Another Halifax resident Rebecca Flynn said: “I thought the Zumba session dancing was really fun and so was the belly dancing.”

Did you go to Neighbours’ Day? What did you enjoy the most? Let us know by emailing yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk.