Handmade parade is saved at last minute

Having fun at a Handmade Parade workshop
Having fun at a Handmade Parade workshop

It’s all systems go for this year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade after more than £17,500 came in eleventh hour grants.

The parade’s future was in doubt after drastic cuts to arts funding left its total way short.

But a £10,000 cash boost from Calderdale Council and a £7,500 award from Arts Council England have secured the parade. More funding will come later in the year ahead of the parade on June 23.

Another £3,000 has come from Hebden Royd Town Council, £300 from the Community Foundation for Calderdale and awards from the Co-op Bank, Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank and the Concertina Trust, organisers now have enough to put the parade on as well as three weeks of open workshops and outreach sessions.

The first event is on March 24 when there will be the Spark Day to brainstorm, make suggestions and getting into the parade spirit. It will be held at Holme Street Arts Centre.

Parade co-ordinator Rebecca Dearden said: “It’s been very hard work, but we’re delighted to announce that there will be a Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade this year after all. We were really encouraged by the number of messages of support we had – not just from people in the local area, but from throughout the UK and even from the USA and Australia.  It just shows how important this spectacular event has become.”

For more details visit www.handmadeparade.co.uk or you can email info@handmadeparade.co.uk.