Valley lights up to celebrate community spirit after floods

Valley of Light Parade on Halifax Road, Todmorden.
Valley of Light Parade on Halifax Road, Todmorden.

Around 1,000 people braved the cold, wet weather to see Todmorden lit up in a festival of lights.

The Valley of Lights Festival saw 200 members of the community parading with handmade lanterns through the town following this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.

The showpiece of the parade, organised by Hebden Bridge’s Handmade Parade, was a huge dragon lantern.

Other highlights included group Flame Oz performing fire juggling, three fire drawings and a shadow puppet show depicting Todmorden’s rise out of the flood waters from earlier this year.

Linda Green, from the Handmade Parade, said: “It was fantastic the way the people of Todmorden came together despite it being cold, wet and windy.

“There were 200 people carrying lanterns who had all been to our lantern making workshops and it just showed the spirit which was evident during the floods.”

The event was the first night of the Valley of Lights which makes its way to Hebden Bridge on Thursday, starting at 6pm, and then on to Mytholmroyd next Saturday, at 5.45pm, and organisers are hoping even more people will get involved.

“If people from Todmorden want to come down to the next two that’s fantastic,” said Mrs Green. “We just want to make each one bigger and better.”