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Handmade Parade returns to thrill the crowds

The wonderfully wacky 'Handmade Parade' returns to the streets of Hebden Bridge today, when giant puppets and all kinds of curious creations lead a parade through the town onto the Calder Holmes Park.

The parade will start at 12 noon, with spectators encouraged to join in a 'Picnic in the Park' from 1pm until 4pm.

Local schoolchildren have been taking part in a number of workshops over the last few weeks, working with a team of local professional carnival artists.

They along with adult volunteers, guest artists and a number of street bands will be among around 1000 people who will dance down the streets of the town, watched by thousands.

Visitors travelling to Hebden Bridge for the parade are encouraged to use public transport. Road users are reminded that the A646 in the centre of Hebden Bridge will be closed between 12.00-12.45.

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Costume workshops for handmade parade

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The last workshops take place this week and next to create a show-stopping costume for this year's Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge.

The theme for 2016 is "Muck In", and spectators can expect the usual weird, wonderful and wacky creations, with busy bees, dung beetles and giant trees parading through the town on June 26th, along with a giant toilet and a hippo mud spa.

Open workshops for people to create their parade costumes with the help of professional artists are being held at the Victoria Road workshops, today and Thursday between 4pm and 6pm; on June 18th and 19th between 10 am and12 pm and 2pm and 4 pm; and June 21st and 23rd between 4pm and 6pm and 7pm and 9pm. For more information click here.

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Newly knighted Sir Rod Stewart plays Hull's KC Stadium

Rod Stewart was knighted in the Queen's birthday honours Credit: PA

The newly knighted Sir Rod Stewart plays the KC Stadium in Hull tonight –and he will be back in the region in November when he plays Sheffield Arena for the 10th time.

Sir Rod was the third act to play the Sheffield venue back in June 1991 following it’s opening.

His latest tour – ‘From Gasoline Alley to Another Country Hits 2016’ – includes his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016.

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