Everybody needs good neighbours

400 Roses perform at Calderdale Neighbours Day, Peoples Park, Halifax
400 Roses perform at Calderdale Neighbours Day, Peoples Park, Halifax

The goodwill and community spirit of Calderdale was celebrated by more than 1,000 people at the annual Neighbour’s Day event.

With a fun-packed day of entertainment, local stalls, workshops and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy, the day was the perfect way to celebrate all that’s great about the borough.

Run in conjunction with Refugee Week, the event was a chance to display Calderdale’s diversity through art, fashion, music and dance.

Performances on the main stage entertained crowds and there was vibrant displays from the 400 roses tribal folk fusion dance group and Qaws-e-Kusah belly dancers.

Steve Blackman, one of the organisers of the event, said: “There was a great mixture of people, it was a cracking day.

“It’s all about getting people to get to know their neighbours and demonstrating the talents of local people.

“We had a lot of activities, we were much busier than last year, across the day we had around 1,500 people visit and the weather was fantastic.”

A stall competition sponsored by Lime Tree Europe and presented by Halifax’s MP Holly Lynch was won by Tejus Creations, which sold hand crafted jewellery.

Members of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Halifax Branch, were also in attendance at the day which was held at People’s Park on Saturday.

As one of the oldest ethnic groups in Calderdale, their stalls displayed traditional Ukrainian ceramics, embroidery and dress.

Bohdan Kurylak, chair of branch, said: “We’ve always had good links with the British community since the first generation settled here after the war,

“As this year we marked VE Day we wanted to mark our links with Britain so we brought out the Ukrainian and British flag.

“We’re aware that new people are coming into the area and we want to make them feel welcome too.

“This is a good way of getting to know people and to meet our neighbours.”

Roman Suchyj, Cultural Officer, added: “We have a photo of the first Ukrainian’s taken in People’s Park in the late 1940’s so it felt right that 70 years later we should be involved with Neighbour’s Day in the park.”