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Festival will be chance for our youth to shine

The Action from Fair for Youth in 2012 held in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Picture by Craig Shaw/ Blu Planet Photography

The Action from Fair for Youth in 2012 held in Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge. Picture by Craig Shaw/ Blu Planet Photography

Everything that is good about young people in the Calder Valley will be on display in Calder Holmes Park this weekend.

The fourth Fair for Youth festival will take place from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday at the park in Hebden Bridge and entry is free.

On the field will be a band tent - an afternoon of live music from seven local acts, running from 12.30pm to 6pm; and a DJ tent - showcasing some of the area’s best local talent on the decks, with seven sets including a special guest from 1pm.

There will be a M.A.D.D. (music, art, dance and drums) activities marquee - a tent full of creative activities, workshops and ‘hands on’ fun all afternoon, including tie dying, jewellery making, hair braiding, clothes making and upcycling,and a graffiti wall with an experienced street-art mentor.

There will also be a photo booth where youngsters can get dressed up and have their picture taken, as well as local support service stalls giving people information on sexual health services and more.

Food and refreshments will be available from the nearby Park Life Cafe.

Craig Whittall, a member of the Friends of Calder Holmes Park group which supports the festival, said: “Please come and show your support for this fantastic community event. Fair for Youth is a family-friendly event and we’d like to encourage visitors of all ages to come and take part this Saturday.”

The festival is a community event, primarily organised and arranged by young adults in the Hebden Bridge area.

This year the youngsters raised over £5,000 via donations and council grants in order to fund the festival.

Coun James Fearon, chair of Hebden Royd Town Council’s Community Funding committee, described the application presentation made to members by Fair for Youth organisers as “outstanding”.

Calder ward councillor Janet Battye said “Every year, the Fair for Youth shows us the positive impact that our young people make to the life of our community.

Their hard work in the lead up to the event, and the creativity and talent on display during the fair itself, should be an inspiration to us all.”

For more information about the event, search for “Fair For Youth 2013” on Facebook.

 

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