THE principal officer for tourism in Calderdale believes the new Paulinus Way pilgrimage route will be a boost to the local economy.
Katie Kinsella, who has been working closely with the Paulinus Way team, said: “It is fantastic to see new events and festivals growing in Calderdale such as the Paulinus Way.
“The tourism team have worked closely with volunteers on the Paulinus Project and Festival. Their enthusiasm and knowledge is inspirational.
“The project is a really good example of local volunteers working with businesses, schools and the community to drive forward a new initiative to celebrate their local area.
“The pilgrimage not only allows the development of religious tourism, it provides an excellent signposted heritage route across a 64-mile breathtaking landscape from West to North Yorkshire.
“The festival has motivated a lot of community spirit which Todmorden is renowned for and will attract visitors from other areas, which is vital for our local economy.
“I am really pleased to hear that the pilgrimage has attracted interest from as far afield as Scandinavia and I am sure that the festival will go from strength to strength.”