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One of oldest plays in world re-enacted in Calder Valley

Hundreds turned out to watch the Easter Pace Egg plays, performed in the Calder Valley on good Friday.

Hundreds in Calder Valley to watch Easter Pace egg plays Credit: ITV Yorkshire
One of oldest plays in the world re-enacted in Calder Valley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The play is said to be one of the oldest in the world. It sees good triumphing over evil and characters include st George, the King of Egypt, and the bold slasher.

The pics above show the play being acted out in Heptonstall, first by pupils of Calder High School in Mytholmroyd, then by an adult cast.


Multi-million pound investment for flood areas

Flooded York Credit: PA

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss has announced £150 million will be spent on flood defence schemes in areas affected by the December floods.

This includes £115 million extra for Yorkshire with funding for schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder Valley, to better protect 3,000 homes and 1,700 businesses and other properties.

A new £65 million scheme in Leeds will cover the area north of the station and the wider Aire catchment to better protect 579 properties. The Government will provide £35 million between now and 2021, and will provide funding to complete the scheme.

Flooded Calder Valley

The Calder Valley will get an additional £35 million, to better protect 1,600 properties. This will include schemes in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd. A feasibility study for the Calder Valley is already underway with an action plan for Mytholmroyd due to be published in May and a plan for the whole Valley by this autumn. This is in addition to the £17 million of work already planned by 2021 in the Calder Valley.

York is to get an additional £45 million funding for work on around 15 schemes at different locations to upgrade raised defences and provide a consistent standard of protection for the City. This will better protect over 2,000 properties. This is in addition to the £10 million that has already been committed for repairs and upgrades to the Foss Barrier where work is planned to start in early April and be complete by December 2017.

Environment Secretary brings news of aid for flood areas

Devastation caused by floods

The Environment Secretary Liz Truss is in the region this afternoon visiting areas badly hit by the Boxing Day floods.

She is expected to make an announcement about how £150 million - made available as part of yesterday's budget - will be spent on flood defence schemes in Leeds, York and the Calder valley.

Happy Valley stars lend support to 'Unhappy Valley'

Stars from the gritty drama "Happy Valley" are showing solidarity with the people of the flooded Calder Valley where the series is filmed.

Taking questions: Sarah Lancashire Credit: PA

Cast members including Sarah Lancashire and James Norton along with writer Sally Wainwright - who is herself from Sowerby Bridge - will be holding a question and answer session at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax tonight after a special screening of the first episode.

It's all to raise funds for flood relief in the area where the cast and crew have become a familiar sight. The Happy Valley set itself was wiped out in the deluge, luckily though the week after filming had finished. And the police station at Sowerby Bridge from where Sarah Lancashire' character Sgt Catherine Cawood polices the valley, was also was flooded.

Heartthrob James Norton, who plays Happy Valley baddie Tommy Lee Royce, is currently starring as Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in tv series "War and Peace"."

Also appearing: James Norton


Residents in flood-hit Calder Valley urged to stay safe

West Yorkshire Police are continuing to coordinate with partners in local authorities and other emergency services regarding today's severe weather in the region.

Several road closures have been in place in the region as a result of heavy rain and flooding, with the majority in the Calderdale area.

Roads affected by flooding include the A646 running along the River Calder, the A629 from Halifax and the A61 at Harewood Bridge.

Residents are being urged to take note of weather warnings in place in West Yorkshire and to check on helplines and websites if they have concerns about flooding or road conditions.

Communities in Hebden Bridge, Mythamroyd and Sowerby Bridge are among the areas most affected by flooding disruption and emergency services are working in partnership in these and other locations.

Residents whose properties have been flooded are being advised to go to stay in their homes if possible and to go to the upstairs of their properties. If they are in danger then they should ring 101 and not try and evacuate themselves.

They are also being advised to stay safe, and not to drive on roads which have been closed due to flooding and not to stand at the edge of rising flood waters.

Rest centres have been set up in Halifax town centre, at Todmorden Town Hall and Keighley Leisure Centre and flood levels are being monitored on the ground.

Those who live near waterways who are concerned about flooding in their areas should check the Environment Agency floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Updates can also be found on the Environment Agency webpage at where residents can enter details of where they live to check the latest flood warnings.

Specific details of the latest flooding situation and road closures in Calderdale can be found at the eyeoncalderdale website at

"The severe rainfall we have experienced has clearly brought disruption to West Yorkshire and police are working to support partners in local authorities, fire service and environment agency to manage the situation.

"Our advice is that if your property has experienced flooding, please stay in your homes and go upstairs, If you feel you are in danger then ring 101, please do not try and leave through flood waters yourself.

"We continue to urge drivers to use caution when on the roads and not to try and drive through clearly flooded areas.

"Emergency services are closely monitoring river levels as the day progresses and are all working very closely on the ground to manage the situation as it develops."

– Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams, West Yorkshire Police

Calder Valley: If you don't win, sing

Protest singer, and defeated candidate for Calder Valley, Joe Stead, took up his banjo following the declaration of the constituency's result.

Joe Stead breaks into song following the declaration

His fun was cut short however, by the returning officer.

Craig Whittaker held the seat for the Tories with 23,354 votes, while Stead, representing the World Peace Through Song party gained only 165 votes:

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