Play a part in Handmade Parade

IF you go down to the workshops today – you’ll find a woodland wonderland shaping up for the annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade.

Organisers of the fifth community-created event are urging people to be a part of the biggest and best show yet by creating parade art, giant puppets or costumes.

More than 300 people have already created crazy costumes and parade art at the Handmade Parade open workshops. But there’s still time to make your costume before the parade, which has the theme The Enchanted Wood and takes place on Saturday, June 23, at 2pm.

Those going along to the workshops will have the chance to choose which section they’d like to be in and will receive expert help and guidance from professional parade artists.

Co-ordinator Rebecca Dearden said: “People are finding it hard to choose which sections and which costumes and creations to go for because everything looks fantastic – from wolves on wheels to tree-sized leaf parachutes.”

The workshops will be held at Unit 5, Victoria Works, Victoria Road from 4pm to 6pm today, from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday with further workshops on Tuesday and Thursday (4pm to 6pm) with adults and teens-only workshops from 7pm to 9pm.

No previous experience is necessary and entrance is by donation. Under 12s need to be accompanied by an adult at the workshops and during the parade, which culminates in a finale and festival in Calder Holmes Park from 3pm and 6pm.