The sky’s the limit for fun

The skies above Calderdale were ablaze with colour over the spectacular bonfire weekend.

Thousands of people turned out to see the many displays. Among the biggest was the annual Hebden Bridge bonfire at Calder Homes Park, which attracted a crowd of 11,000.

Spectators also enjoyed fairground rides during the chariy extravaganza described by organiser Neil Smith, of Hebden Bridge Round Table, as “the best we’ve ever had.”

He said: “It was a bumper year – we had more people than ever before.

“We ploughed more money into the fireworks this year and we were lucky with the weather.

“It highlights just how important these community events are and next year we are hoping to be even better.”

The bonfire was lit by Scott Trickett, Hebden Royd town councillor. He said: “It was one of the best I have been to. It was a great honour to be involved in such a huge event in our calendar.” There was also a bumper crowd at Hullen Edge Park in Elland, where around 4,000 people saw a magical display.

Sean Pearce, chairman of Elland Round Table, said he thought it could have been a record-breaking night.

“We think we might have taken more money than ever before, hopefully breaking the £10,000 mark,” he said.

“If we have, that would be fantastic and we’ll be giving the money out to charitable organisations in Elland over the next 12 months. “It was a brilliant night of entertainment and I’d like to thank the people of Elland for their support.”

On Friday night, ROKT climbing centre in Brighouse hosted their first-ever bonfire, drawing in a few hundred people to enjoy their fire display.

The Casa in Brighouse held a successful children’s bonfire followed by another plot party on Saturday.

The weekend was rounded off in style as one of Calderdale’s largest junior soccer clubs, Brighouse Juniors, held their annual display at Hove Edge, attracting more than 2,000 people to watch their fireworks and bonfire.

For more pictures see today’s paper