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Double reason for festival celebration

Angus and Anne Downie have turned around the fortunes of the Dusty Miller, Mytholmroyd since taking it over last year.

Angus and Anne Downie have turned around the fortunes of the Dusty Miller, Mytholmroyd since taking it over last year.

There will be many reasons to celebrate when the Valley of Lights festival arrives in the upper Calder Valley later this month.

Two hundred cyclists will pedal their way from Todmorden to Mytholmroyd on November 29, arriving at the Dusty Miller for its grand re-opening event.

The pub has been closed since the floods in June but a refurbishment project has now been completed.

Landlords Angus and Anne Downie thanked everybody who has helped out over the past few months and they are looking forward to celebrating the re-opening with customers old and new.

Anne said: “Calderdale Council have been brilliant helping us get back on our feet and we think the Valley of Lights is a superb idea.

“We’re over the moon to be re-opening and so excited to be involved in this event.”

Cyclists will be decorating their bikes with strings of LEDs for the ride, which will also be supporting Visit Yorkshire’s “Back Le Bid” campaign to bring the Tour de France to Yorkshire in 2016.

The cyclists will stop off in Hebden Bridge for a handmade parade through the town centre featuring giant puppets and fire dancers.

They will then make their way to Mytholmroyd for the celebration at the Dusty Miller including food, drink and music.

Hannah Merriman, handmade parade co-ordinator, said: “The Valley of Lights team is delighted that our bike ride can be such a positive event for such a fantastic pub in Mytholmroyd.”

For more information, visit www.valleyoflights.co.uk.

 

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