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Birthday party for 700 year old mill

The bad weather on Saturday (September 6) failed to dampen spirits in Hebden Bridge for the 700th anniversary of what is believed to be the town's oldest mill.

The 700 year old mill is now home to 12 businesses

Visitors and townsfolk alike enjoyed a street party, with music by Hebden Bridge Junior Band, and the Peace Artistes and a giant cake.

Hebden Bridge band entertain the crowds

The grade two listed building was saved from collapse and demolition in 1972 by its owner, David Fletcher. It is now home to 12 small business, providing a living for 46 people.

Mill owner David Fletcher gets ready to blow the candles out on the giant birthday cake

Hebden Bridge street party for 700 year old mill

The people of Hebden Bridge are invited to a street party today (Saturday September 5 ) - to celebrate the 700th anniversary of what's believed to be the town's oldest building.

Hebden Bridge Mill, now a grade two English Heritage listed building,was saved from collapse and demolition in 1972 by its owner, David Fletcher.

One of Britain's oldest surviving water mills, it was built in 1314 when the Battle of Bannockburn was raging. The mill has gone through a saga of ruin and regeneration and is now home to 12 small business, providing a living for 46 people.

Mr Fletcher recently brought water power back to the mill by installing both a water wheel and an Archimedes Screw - which now supplies the electricity to run the mill.

A street party, with music by Hebden Bridge Junior Band, and the Peace Artistes gets underway at 2.30 - and there will be a giant cake cut into 700 pieces for local people to enjoy.

Read: Hebden Bridge mill goes back to the future

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Hebden Bridge art festival

The Hebden Bridge Street Sundae
Hebden Bridge Hill Millies Morris dancers

Hebden Bridge's annual two-week arts festival continued today - with bells on.

The street entertainment extravaganza is bigger than ever this year with a heavy focus on all things Tour de France.

The Hill Millies Morris Dancers made a welcome appearance today.

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It's "Tous en Velo" for Hebden Bridge schoolchildren

Finley Sheard, 9 and sister Millie, 7 with decorated bikes Credit: Kate Drury

Children at two primary schools in Hebden Bridge are getting into the Tour de France spirit today with a family cycle parade between the two schools. Around two hundred children and their parents will ride on decorated bikes from Midgley school to Old Town School.

It's being dubbed as "Tous en Velo pour la Musique", as on arrivial in Old Town there is a music festival with entertainment from a number of local bands. Organiser Kate Drury said the event was a "fun way" of encouraging more children to take up cycling.

"The Tour de France passes right by Old Town next Sunday and excitement in the village is mounting. Hopefully 'Tous en Velo' has helped make the children more aware of just how momentous this is and also feel they too are taking part in their own way. "

PICTURES: Hebden Bridge Marching Band Contest

Hebden Bridge Junior Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hundreds of people toook to the streets of Hebden Bridge today to watch the town's annual marching band contest

A member of the Huddersfield & Ripponden Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Elland Silver Youth Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Crowds watching the Hebden Bridge marching band contest Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hebden Bridge Junior Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Elland Silver Youth Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Huddersfield & Ripponden Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Hebden Bridge Junior Band Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Primary school kids honour sweet shop owner

When children at a primary school in Hebden Bridge were asked to come up with a name for a new building in the town, they decided it should be in honour of someone they thought was rather special.

The youngsters voted overwhelmingly to call the retirement complex Leedham Court, in memory of popular sweet shop owner Bob Leedham, who died earlier this year.

Lisa Adlam reports:

Hedben Bridge remembers shopkeeper Bob Leedham

Schoolchildren in Hedben Bridge have voted to name a new retirement development in the town after a local shopkeeper who died on holiday in Thailand.

Pupils name Leedham Court after popular shopkeeper

Bob Leedham ran the 'Something Sweet' shop and was a well known character in the town, particularly the children who frequented his shop.

Developers of a new retirement complex approached teachers at Stubbings infants school to get pupils to vote on what it should be called.

Pupils at Bob's shop

The pupils, all aged between six and seven, voted to name it Leedham Court after the shopkeeper.

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