Calderdale flies the flag for St George in style

In the spirit: Paddy Lang with daughters Leila, six, and Ellie, 11.
In the spirit: Paddy Lang with daughters Leila, six, and Ellie, 11.

THE St George spirit has been in full flow in Calderdale.

Thousands flocked to the Piece Hall on Saturday where several youth organisations got together to host a day packed with entertainment, fun, games and activities.

The event was the first of its kind for the district and replaced the usual St George’s Day parade which would have clashed with Easter Sunday.

Halifax District Scouts commissioner Martin Longbottom said the day was funded by a £3,500 lottery grant and they hope to have raised enough cash to hold it again.

“We’re very pleased with how many people came. Its good to see that there are lots of members of the public here as well as scouts,” he said.

“Usually with the parade it involves the scouts and their parents but lots of other people are here for this.”

The groups involved in organising the day included the scouts, guides, boys’ brigade, girls’ brigade, air cadets and the Duke of Edinburgh Award team.

There was street dancing, samba and zumba, and the chance to try activities from flower arranging and crafts to circus skills and dance mats.

There were also some activities that needed a touch of St George’s bravery – wall climbing, caving and even abseiling from the second floor of the Piece Hall.

Among those who took on the abseiling challenge was eight-year-old Isobelle Shaw from Copley. She said: “It was really fun. It was quite scary when I was at the top but then I just got used to it.”

Her six-year-old sister Jasmine Shaw said; “I’ve been in the cave, I want to go in again!”

Meanwhile there was also red, white and blue celebrations at The Old Pond in Hove Edge which hosted a St George’s Day fete.