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Blue Peter’s Barney in the Handmade Parade

Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood with Handmade Parade artistic director Andrew Kim

Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood with Handmade Parade artistic director Andrew Kim

Hundreds of intrepid explorers will be setting out on an Endangerous Expedition when the Handmade Parade comes to Hebden Bridge on Sunday – and Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood will be amongst them.

A crew from the popular CBBC show were filming at the Handmade Parade workshops last weekend and Barney tried out the bird bike he fancies puppeteering in the parade on June 8.

Thousands of people are expected to line the route when the parade sets off at noon that day with a riot of colour, fantastic giant puppets and live bands Handmade Samba Band, Ski Band, Northern Lights Street Orchestra, Dhamak and Beat Life providing the toe-tapping rhythms.

The theme for this year’s Handmade Parade is endangered and extinct animals in four environments: Jungle, Polar, Desert/Savannah and Oceans. Each section of the Endangerous Expedition will have a giant creature representing it and the sections will draw on designs and decorative motifs of cultures from those areas. From the Victoria Road start, the parade will wind its way along Valley Road, past St George’s Square, along Bridge Gate, Holme Street and into Calder Holmes Park, where there will be a finale with live bands playing, belly dance troupes and a local food festival.

 

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