Parade lifts spirits 48 hours after flood

The Todmorden lantern parade makes its way along the Rochdale Canal. Photo by Craig Shaw / blu planet photography
The Todmorden lantern parade makes its way along the Rochdale Canal. Photo by Craig Shaw / blu planet photography

Many people braved the wet weather to join in a community celebration just 48 hours after the upper Calder Valley was hit by flash flooding.

Lots of families took part in the Todmorden Lantern Parade as part of the Rochdale Canal Festival, carrying lanterns they had made along the water’s edge through the town

Taking place just two days after parts of Todmorden and Walsden were engulfed by floodwater, the parade lifted spirits and acted as a timely reminder of all that the area has to offer.

Claire Teague, Rochdale Canal development manager at the Canal and River Trust, said: “It was a wonderful event with many local families joining the parade with the lanterns they had made.

“The Rochdale Canal Society boat sailed alongside the procession of 30 lanterns from Key Sike Lane bridge up to Fielden Wharf where we were met with a fabulous fire dancing display.

“Storytailors ran the event and the two lantern workshops at Roomfield Baptist Church earlier in the week and Todmorden Town Council again kindly provided funding.

“We were joined on the night by a super team of volunteer stewards and two officers from the local community police.

“A huge thank you to everyone taking part to celebrate Rochdale Canal Week and for braving the rain.”