Piece Hall awash with colour for Calderdale Neighbours Day

Calderdale Neighbours Day festival at the Piece Hall, Halifax Pictured are Nathan Naylor, Ruby Trith, Olivia Raby, Sydney Love and Brittany Butterworth with Pudsey Bear

Calderdale Neighbours Day festival at the Piece Hall, Halifax Pictured are Nathan Naylor, Ruby Trith, Olivia Raby, Sydney Love and Brittany Butterworth with Pudsey Bear

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THE skies may have been grey but the Piece Hall was awash with colour for Calderdale Neighbours Day.

Organisations from all over the district came together to celebrate the talents and diversity of the area.

The free event, now in its sixth year, attracted hundreds of people as well as special celebrity guests former Hollyoaks star Paul Opacic and Pudsey Bear.

Organiser Steve Blackman, from Voluntary Action Calderdale, said: “The aim of the day was to celebrate Calderdale and all the different talents of Calderdale and its diversity.”

Residents from all over the district had been asked before the event to put people forward for a good neighbour award and six were picked to be presented with their titles on the day.

They were Przemyslaw Sadula, from Shelf, who was nominated for always being happy to invite people into his home; Julian Bland from King Cross in Halifax who has been a real help to his neighbour including coming to her aid when a pipe burst; Richard Horsfield from Brighouse, who is a mentor and volunteer for Scope, Gail and Stan Wisniowski from Boothtown who were compared to “an aunt and uncle” to their neighbours; Allan Mortimer from Shelf, who is always happy to help his neighbours; and Kath Seed from Norton Tower in Halifax, who has been lending a helping hand to her neighbour who suffers from ME.

The day featured a host of entertainment including cricket, a football penalty shoot-out, a pool table, donkey rides, dance and music workshops, face painting, arts and crafts, cup-cake decorating, alternative therapies, nail art, a caving unit and a video kiosk.

There was also live entertainment throughout the day such as performances from Sambalifax, the Helen O’Hara School of Dance, belly dancing from Qaws-E-Kusah, Phoenix Radio and more dancing from Bazzmatazz.