Handmade Parade Rearranged

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. from left to right are Ruth Richardson with her grand-daughter Iris Richardson Foster, aged four, (left) and woodland warriors Poppy, two, and Lucca, six and Cortese-Wilson
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. from left to right are Ruth Richardson with her grand-daughter Iris Richardson Foster, aged four, (left) and woodland warriors Poppy, two, and Lucca, six and Cortese-Wilson
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The Handmade Parade will go ahead this weekend after it was postponed because of the flash flooding that engulfed parts of the Calder Valley from Todmorden to Brighouse.

It will now take place on Saturday June 30, starting at 11am on Victoria Road.

Parade organiser Rebecca Dearden said: “Everyone worked so hard to get ready for the parade last Saturday and it’s been a year in the making, so we wanted to ensure the parade went ahead again as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with everyone who was affected by the flood.

“Now we have the chance to give the people of Hebden Bridge, who have demonstrated such a fantastic community spirit, a spectacular parade to lift everyone’s spirits and demonstrate the pride we have in our town.”

It’s going to be a busy weekend with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the Mytholmroyd Gala scheduled for the same day.

Andrew Kim, Artistic Director of the Handmade Parade, said: “We all need to work together at a time like this and I think in the end, everyone will appreciate how our events helped each other. All these events on Saturday: two parades, the arts festival opening - it’s going to be a massive celebration in our valley showing the world that rain and mud won’t crush our spirits.

“The Hebden Bridge Arts Festival will join us at Calder Holmes Park with some of their fantastic performances after the parade and we’ll be making an appearance with some of our giant puppets at the Mytholmroyd Gala in the afternoon.

“We’ll also be bringing the parade spirit to Market Street with a special visit from one of our giant puppets and parade musicians on Saturday morning. And we’ll be donating a percentage of the money we collect on the day to Calderdale Community Foundation’s flood appeal.”

More than 700 people will take part in the parade. The theme this year is ‘The Enchanted Wood’.