Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden was special guest at the Square Chapel Centre for the Art’s fun day today (Saturday).
The former Brighouse High School pupil officially opened celebrations at the Halifax centre as part of Calderdale’s Heritage Open Days event.
Matthew took his son Buster, two, along to enjoy the activities on offer at the Grade II* listed building.
He told the Courier: “ “It’s fantastic. We’ve just been having a wander around. I just did the drum workshop where my two-year-old son was banging the drum louder than everyone else I think.”
It was the first time Matthew had been back to the centre since he performed as Jesus in a production of Godspell when he was about 21. Having performed in shows in the West End since, he said the centre is “one of the best performances spaces” he’s been in.
“When I was asked to come back and be involved in today, I jumped at the chance. It’s really nice to come back, with memories,” he added.
Visitors also enjoyed activities including a parrot, snake and ferrets from Greetland’s Creature Comforts Animal Sanctuary as well as a bouncy castle and barbecue.
Kate Hornby, marketing assistant at the centre, added: “It’s been really great - and we’ve been so lucky with the weather. “There’s been lots going and a really great atmosphere here.”
The heritage open days in Calderale take places today and tomorrow, Sunday September 9.
Buildings taking part include Clay House in Halifax, Halifax Town Hall, Holdsworth House, All Saints’ Church in Elland, Lister Lane Cemetery, St Peter’s Church in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax Minster, The Industrial Museum in Halifax, Shibden Hall and many more.
For more information visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk or www.calerdale.gov.uk