One week on from the floods - and the 'show will go on' in the devastated Calder Valley.

The handmade parade has to be seen to be believed! Photo: Calendar news

Residents and businesses in the Calder Valley are still clearing up after last week's devastating floods. But the town of Hebden Bridge and village of Mytholmroyd are uniting in a show of solidarity by going ahead with their annual parades.

The Handmade parade starts in Hebden Bridge at 11am and will involve a colourful procession of giant puppets, local schoolchildren and lots of musicians and dancers.

Two hours later and just a mile or so down the road. the Mytholmroyd Gala procession gets underway. This is a more traditional affair, with this year's theme being the Jubilee and Olympics, with music from the Bradford Pipe Band and children in fancy dress.

There will be collections at both events for victims of the floods. A relief fund has already raised more than £30,000 with Hebden Royd Town Council pledging £10,000.

The community spirit will be further boosted by the 19th Hebden Bridge Arts Festival which springs into life at high noon with a dance-x-tragaganza by the best movers in the region.

This was the Handmade Parade in 2010. And this year's promises to be even more spectacular.

The floods are going to give the parade an extra dimension this year. There's such a desire to rise up above it all and the community spirit here has been fantastic.

– Linda Green, chair Handmade Parade CIC

Calendar's Jon Mitchell was guest of honour at Mytholmroyd Gala's 50th anniversary in 2010. He promised good weather - and the sun shone all day. Gala chairman Barry Greenwood said it was only right that the 'show must go on' despite the devastating floods.

There's hardly a business that hasn't been affected by the floods - and many home-owners have suffered too. We want to show our solidarity and support and are hoping as many people as possible turn out to the gala, where we will be having a collection for the flood victims.

– Barry Greenwood, chair Mytholmroyd Gala Committee
The River Calder in Mytholmroyd village centre early last Friday evening Credit: Sue Taylor
Minutes later the village is flooded Credit: Sue Taylor