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The brass band community has turned out in force to help support Hebden Bridge Junior Band, which lost its home and a large amount of equipment in the Boxing Day floods.
Hundreds turned out to watch 'massed blast' with players from at least a dozen brass bands from Yorks and lancs, including from the Yorkshire regiment band. Such a success it could become an annual event.
Yorkshire's 'top brass' is rallying round in support of a junior band which lost its home and a large amount of equipment in the Boxing Day floods.
Hebden Bridge Junior Band is inviting 'anyone with a brass instrument' to join them in a "Massed Blast" open air concert in the town centre today.
Invites have gone out to Brighouse and Rastrick, Black Dyke Mills, Grimethorpe and the Yorkshire Regiment band, as well as numerous other local bands - with several indicating they will be there.
The junior band, with members aged from 7 to 19, has nurtured hundreds of youngsters over the past 45 years, with many going on to musical careers.
But on Boxing Day, its store and rehearsal rooms were left under several feet of water. Instruments were damaged and many cases were destroyed, along with hundreds of musical scores, uniforms and banners.
The band has been offered a temporary home by nearby Friendly band and offers of music have been made by bands throughout the country.
Today's concert is instead of the band's annual Spring Fair - held outside this year because there was nowhere else available in the flood-ravaged town. Performances are at 12.30, 1.45 and 3.30pm.
We hope today's "Massed Blast" will let everyone know that whilst we are down, we are not out. It is also to raise the plight of all the flood victims in the town, of which there are so many, and our attempt to bring some life and colour back to Hebden Bridge. We have asked the musicians to turn up in their band colours and with their banners so spectators know where they are from. If only a couple of players turn up from each of the bands invited it promises to be a truly memorable day for brass band fans.
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A group of children have rallied round to save their favourite shop from going under - after the Boxing Day floods.
'Something Sweet' has re-opened now after being deluged with water for the second time in four years.
Youngsters from the town ran a makeshift shop of their own when it had to close.
But they decided to give their takings - almost £200 - to a good cause.
Delays of up to 40 minutes can be expected on Northern Rail services between Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Blackburn due to safety checks being made between Burnley Manchester Road and Hebden Bridge.
In a much appreciated show of solidarity and support, the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment gave an impromptu concert in flood-hit Hebden Bridge.
The band, based in Huddersfield, brought colour, cheer and of course its music, to the town which is still reeling from the aftermath of the Boxing Day floods.
The band's director of music, Gary Clegg, said the band was there to show its support - and to highlight the fact that the town was still open to business, despite its massive setback.
Up to 2,700 homes and 1,200 businesses were affected in the Calder Valley floods and although some businesses in Hebden Bridge have managed to open their doors again, it will be several months before the town is anything like back to normal.
The late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes was born and spent his formative years in Mytholmroyd and this afternoon a screening of a documentary about his life will take place at Hebden Bridge Picture House.
The documentary "Stronger than Death" starts at 5pm, followed by a question and answer session at 6.30pm with the film's direction Richard Curson Smith and creative director Ross Wilson.
Ted Hughes is widely recognised as one of Britain's greatest - and most controversial - poets. He has been described as 'The Heathcliff of poetry who attracted more scandal than any other literary figure with the exception of Lord Byron' . The events of his life and the breadth and influence of his poetry are the focus of the documentary.
It features the first television interview with Frieda Hughes - poet, artist and daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Path - and also testimony from family members, friends, fellow writers and poets, including Simon Armitage who filmed at the Hebden Bridge Picture House for the documentary in 2015.
Scores of people have packed into Hebden Bridge Town Hall for a public meeting over the area's flood recovery plan.
They have heard that more than 2,780 homes and over 1,630 businesses were affected by the Boxing Day deluge.
Led by the Hebden Bridge Partnership and with representatives from Calderdale Council, the meeting is setting out the financial and practical support available to the town and how the area can be made more flood-resilient for the future.
A school in Hebden Bridge has reopened today after being badly flooded on Boxing Day.
Riverside Junior School is back up and running on the day an emergency cabinet meeting is planned at Halifax Town Hall to discuss the impact of the flooding across the borough.