You can have a hand in top parade

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DAY centres, community groups and schools are being given a chance to have the fun of Handmade Parade - which takes place on June 11 - right on their doorsteps.

Artists are to take the parade’s art, costume and puppet-making sessions out and about, to work with adults and children throughout Calderdale.

“We’re starting to contact groups in the area, but if anyone wants to get ahead and book while there are still spaces, they can email,” said organiser Rebecca Dearden. “One of our main aims is to make sure people who can’t get to our workshops can still take part. That means sending our artists out to other areas and, where possible, doing that for free.

“Sadly, because we’re struggling with just half our budget this year, we won’t be able to say yes to every group who wants us. We’ll also be asking schools to help us pay the costs of materials, artists’ time and travel. It’s a shame, but we have to be so careful with money if we’re to keep this fantastic event going.”

Anyone can go along to the open workshops, which run from May 24 to June 10.