Parade ready for the off

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade

The biggest Handmade Parade ever will be taking to the streets tomorrow as Hebden Bridge marks a year on from the floods with a dazzling display of its creative talents.

More than 750 people will be taking part in the eye-popping, toe-tapping parade, which begins at noon and will feature giant puppets, fancy artwork, great bands and crazy costumes.

Thousands more are expected to line the route along Victoria Road, Valley Road, Bridge Gate and Holme Street to reach Calder Holmes Park at 1pm. Last year’s parade had to be postponed for a week due to the floods but organisers are hoping the only thing the town will be awash with this year is people having a huge amount of fun.

This year’s theme is Myths, Mysteries and Mayhem and will be split into four sections of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Pegasus may take to the air, sea monsters could be spotted, canal mermaids will be out en masse along with stilt-walking horned beasts and 100 firebirds. And if you’ve never seen a flying pig before, make sure you get a front row position.

Local drum groups Handmade Samba Band and Drum Machine will be joined by three other funky street bands getting all those dancing feet moving.

The Handmade Parade Samba Band will be joined by three other bands.

Organisers are urging spectators to try to spread out along the entire route and stress that the best vantage points, particularly for those with children, will be Valley Road and Holme Street.

Once the parade reaches the park, there will be a spectacular fun-filled finale pageant at 1pm.

Local food producers will be serving up their delights in the park. Among the tasty treats are on offer will be veggie burgers, Indian snacks and wood-fired pizzas. Tea and coffee will also be available.

Pictured getting ready are Sam Drayton, seven, his dad Mark Drayton and Rufus Stott-Leach, eight.