Todmorden Town Festival: Event celebrated all town has to offer

Watch commander James Priestley, Liam Drake, Elysha Parish, James Johnstone and Ebonie Murray, at Hare and Hounds, Todmorden Town Festival
Watch commander James Priestley, Liam Drake, Elysha Parish, James Johnstone and Ebonie Murray, at Hare and Hounds, Todmorden Town Festival

A summer festival to celebrate all that’s great about Todmorden, bring people in, boost business and unite the town six months after the floods was a resounding success, organisers say.

The Todmorden Town Festival was quickly planned after Todmorden Agricultural Show, one of the biggest events in the town’s social calendar, was cancelled.

Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

Fearing this would be another blow to the town, Todmorden town councillor Steph Booth (Lab, Central) put the wheels in motion to organise an event for the same day, saying Todmorden “wouldn’t be whammied twice in one year”.

The festival, held on Saturday, included much of the town centre.

There was stalls and activities on Pollination Street, arts and crafts, live music, an art exhibition and an evening concert at Todmorden Town Hall with The Ligeti Quartet.

Councillor Booth, who was the Mayor of Todmorden 2015/16, said: “It was great, it really was absolutely wonderful.

Lilly May and Zachary Carlton, at Hare and Hounds, Todmorden Town Festival

Lilly May and Zachary Carlton, at Hare and Hounds, Todmorden Town Festival

“Everybody worked very hard.

“The town was full and money was going into local businesses, so it was a really positive day.

“We have been asked to do it again next year,” added Coun Booth.

“ It took six weeks to organise to plan this year’s event, so just think what we could do with a year.”

Sea shanties, at Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

Sea shanties, at Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

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Isabelle Walsh, with a European Eagle Owl, at Hare and Hounds, Todmorden Town Festival

Isabelle Walsh, with a European Eagle Owl, at Hare and Hounds, Todmorden Town Festival

Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

Sabeen Hussain, Ryu Lea and Niko Lea, getting henna, at Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival

Sabeen Hussain, Ryu Lea and Niko Lea, getting henna, at Pollination Street, Todmorden Town Festival