Enchanting parade is coming back to town

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. from left to right are Ruth Richardson with her grand-daughter Iris Richardson Foster, aged four, (left) and woodland warriors Poppy, two, and Lucca, six and Cortese-Wilson
Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. from left to right are Ruth Richardson with her grand-daughter Iris Richardson Foster, aged four, (left) and woodland warriors Poppy, two, and Lucca, six and Cortese-Wilson

HEBDEN Bridge is set to show its creative and colourful best this weekend when a popular event returns.

More than 700 people will be taking part in what organisers hope will be the biggest and best-ever Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade on Saturday.

The parade will feature giant puppets, artwork, bands and crazy costumes, with this year’s theme being The Enchanted Wood.

The parade will be split into four seasons and hundreds of people will be taking part in the parade, which begins at 2pm. Thousands more are expected to line the route along Victoria Road, Valley Road, Bridge Gate and Holme Street to Calder Holmes Park.

The Handmade Parade Street Band and the Handmade Parade Samba Band will be joined by bands, such as Blowjangles and Drum Machine and Beatlife from Liverpool.

Organisers want spectators to spread out along the entire route and believe the best vantage points, particularly for those with children, will be Valley Road and Holme Street. Once the parade reaches the park, there will be a festival featuring local performers and food and produce from 3pm to 6pm.

Among those performing at the park will be the Hill Millies, The Three Valleys Gospel Choir and Calder Valley Voices. There will also be sets from each of the parade bands. Local food producers, including Hanuman Thai, The Bear Café and Pextenement Cheese, will be at the picnic. Among the tasty treats are on offer will be veggie burgers, Indian snacks and wood-fired pizzas. Tea and coffee will also be available and Incredible Edible and Calder Food Hub will be spreading the word about their work.

Andrew Kim, Artistic Director of the Handmade Parade, said: “This year, we’ve had more artists on staff and more preparation time.

There are some fantastic creations appearing showcasing the best of local parade artists along with workshop participants’ costumes getting bigger and bolder each year.”

If anyone hasn’t yet made a costume but would like to take part in the parade, the last open workshops are being held this evening (June 21) from 4pm to 6pm, and 7pm to 9pm.

Those taking part in the parade are asked to be at the workshops at 1pm on Saturday. For more details about the parade go to www.handmadeparade.co.uk