Swinging 1960’s success to see festival return

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A second 1960’s weekend in Brighouse could be on the cards as visitors gave the thumbs up to the festival.

The Brighouse Business Initiative who tied in the event with the annual spring street market said the first reactions from visitors were extremely positive.

Anne Colley, chair of the BBI, said the town centre was packed with visitors over both days and it is hoped that this enthusiasm will allow it to be an annual event.

“This was our first ever 60s Festival and I think people loved it. I thought it was great to hear the live music and see people dancing on the streets, having a fun family weekend in Brighouse.

“The feedback has been very positive and we can build on this next year to make it an even better event.”

Natasha Harper and Jason Fieldhouse brought together a wonderful group of performers across the two stages.

Robert Brett of Treble Clef who kept all the sound systems running smoothly said: “The 60’s was an era of great, foot tapping, sing-along music. You couldn’t not be swept away with energy of the performers.”

The 1960’s weekend in Brighouse kicked off the series of festivals which have been awarded grants from Calderdale Council.

A £2,500 grant helped towards music and dance, memorabilia, street performances and a street market.

The council invited voluntary groups to apply for grants last month to help boost tourism, trade and morale after the Boxing Day floods.

Robin Tuddenham, Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Service Support, said: “We are delighted to award grants of up to £2,500 to support local events and festivals.

“They are one of the many things that make Calderdale a fantastic place to visit, and are further proof that our towns and villages are well and truly open for business.”

The BBI are now preparing for the Brighouse 1940s weekend in June.