Thousands brave the weather for Calderdale Pride

Calderdale Pride at The Piece Hall, Halifax.'From the left, Felix O'Donnell, Stephanie Carter, Joseph A, Francesca Dodd, Amber Rance, Ben Wood and Amy Hanna-Robertshaw.
Calderdale Pride at The Piece Hall, Halifax.'From the left, Felix O'Donnell, Stephanie Carter, Joseph A, Francesca Dodd, Amber Rance, Ben Wood and Amy Hanna-Robertshaw.
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Thousands descended on Halifax’s Piece Hall on Saturday afternoon for a fun-packed Calderdale Pride.

The drizzly weather didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 4,000 people who came during the day - with more expected in the evening.

The spectacular show featured artists including Valentino King, O’Hooley and Tidow, Chasing Dragons, Whiter Than, Pracilla and Darren Smith.

Headlining the stage was X-Factor finalist Johnny Robinson.

Speaking at the event he told the Courier: “It’s lovely here. It’s nice for the families and nice for the community. It’s nice that everyone can come together as one for a day like this. It’s lovely. It makes people more aware and breaks down barriers and it’s really really good to see that.

“It’s wonderful that I’ve been able to be a part of it and bring a little bit of fun to the day.

“I loved it, it was great fun. I’d like to thank everyone for coming down and showing their support - not just to me but to support Calderdale Pride. It’s not been a hot day, even though it’s June, but unfortunately that’s our typical English summertime.

“It’s been an honour and pleasure to be involved.”

The Piece Hall was also packed with stalls selling goods such as jewellery and accessories.

Fairground rides were organised to entertain the children and there were tasty treats on sale from food stalls including Thai food, a hog roast, fish and chips and paninis.

Kirk Hopewell, joint chairman of Calderdale Pride, said: “It went well. It was very chilled out and with a great atmosphere.

“It’s been a lovely environment and the acts were great. They went down a storm.

“The weather didn’t put people off I don’t think. It wasn’t cracking weather but a lot of people came out to take part in this celebration of diversity, which is fantastic.

“It was a good day for Calderdale.”

An after-party has been organised at the Imperial Crown Hotel with guest DJ Lady Heidi. Wristbands will be available at Calderdale Pride.