Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade artists lead parade along canal path in Mytholmroyd

Children at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, who have made puppets at the Hand Made Parade workshop as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival.

Children at St Michael's Church, Mytholmroyd, who have made puppets at the Hand Made Parade workshop as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival.

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Families took part in a fishy tale when artists and performers led them on a canal-side adventure as part of a festival in Mytholmroyd.

Youngsters and their parents were invited to join in a puppet parade as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival.

The artists and performers from Hebden Bridge’s Handmade Parade led puppet-making workshops at St Michael’s Church in Mytholmroyd where children could make their own colourful fish-themed creations.

They then took their puppets onto the tow path for promenade performances along with scientist characters Doctor Daphne and Professor Park to solve The Mystery of the Trapped Geese.

Among the surprises along the way were a frustrated rabbit, a grumpy fox and a giant heron which was intent on catchign a fish or two.

Other activities on offer during the day included willow weaving, poetry workshops and the chance to explore what lurks beneath the canal water with Nature in Focus.

The Rochdale Canal Festival 2012 is on until Sunday, August 26.

The annual event offers activities along the length of the canal between Sowerby Bridge and Manchester city centre.

They include outdoor activities, arts workshops and parades, volunteering events, heritage and nature walks and talks, boat trips and horse boating demonstrations.

The Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is a spectacular parade created by local people, helped by a team of artists. The celebration of creativity, fun and the art of the handmade takes place every June. There are three weeks of workshops beforehand, open to anyone who wants to make costumes, carryable art or help create giant puppets and animatronics. The event sees up to 700 people walk through the streets of Hebden Bridge, watched by thousands.