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In pictures: Hebden Bridge handmade parade

Handmade parade 2014 Credit: Sue Taylor/Calendar

Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Hebden Bridge for the town's annual handmade parade; a festival which celebrates creative homemade artwork. Up to one thousand people will attend, showing off the puppets they have created.

Artwork at the handmade parade Credit: Sue Taylor/Calendar

'Autism-friendly' screening at Picture House

The Hebden Bridge Picture House is set to break new ground by hosting its first ever autism-friendly screening.

The venue on New Road, will show The LEGO Movie to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day from 5pm this evening.

"We aim to make the Picture House accessible to all and have recently been running monthly parent and baby screenings, as well as our usual soft subtitled screenings for the hard of hearing. We hope this autism friendly screening will get great support to allow us to run more in the future."

– Manager Rebekah Fozard said:

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Rail line re-opens after vital repairs

Work taking place inside the tunnel Credit: Network Rail
Inside the strengthened Holme tunnel Credit: Network Rail

Vital repair works to a tunnel on the line between Hebden Bridge and Burnley have been completed. More than 3,000 tonnes of concrete were used to strength Holme Tunnel. The line re-opened to passengers this morning after a 20 week closure.

The 250 metre tunnel had become misaligned over time because of local ground movement which had distorted the tunnel walls.

" The reopening of Holme Tunnel and the resumption of train services between Hebden Bridge and Burnley is cause for celebration, Not only will it reconnect the north west of our network with Yorkshire but it's also a fantastic engineering achievement."

Alex Hynes, Northern Rail

Funeral takes place of shop owner killed in Thailand crash

Dozens lined the streets in the town centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire
People clapped as the funeral cortege passed through Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Dozens of people lined the streets of Hebden Bridge this morning to pay their respects to a well-known shop owner who died after being in a moped crash in Thailand.

Bob Leedham ran Something Sweet in the town with his wife Gemma, who was also hurt in the accident on the island of Koh Samui. His funeral is taking place at Halifax minister.

Wear something red for Bob's funeral

Liverpool fan Bob Leedham

The funeral takes place today of a West Yorkshire shopkeeper who was killed in a moped accident in Thailand. Bob Leedham ran Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge with his wife Gemma, who was also hurt in the accident on the island of Koh Samui.

His funeral takes place at Halifax Minster. But beforehand his cortege will drive through the streets of Hebden Bridge so customers, fellow shopkeepers and friends can pay their respects. Mr Leedham was an avid Liverpool supporter and everyone is asked to wear something red.

Bob and Gemma Leedham's sweet shop in Hebden Bridge Credit: Calendar news

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Tributes for Hebden Bridge man killed in Thailand crash

Tributes have to paid to a popular shop owner who has been killed abroad on holiday.

Bob Leedham was on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand with his wife Gemma when their scooter was involved in an accident. Gemma is understood to be in hospital.

Mr Leedham was well known in Hebden Bride where he ran an old fashioned sweet shop, and local business owner, Frances Young, has paid tribute to "a brilliant bloke":

West Yorks shop boss killed in Thai accident

Bob Leedham
Bob Leedham

The owner of a West Yorkshire sweet shop has died in a road accident whilst on holiday in Thailand.

Bob Leedham was on a scooter with his wife, Gemma, when the accident happened on the island of Koh Samui.

Bob Leedham and his widow Gemma on their wedding day
Bob Leedham and his widow Gemma on their wedding day

The couple, who run "Something Sweet" in Hebden Bridge, only married in March last year, in Borneo.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family within 18 months - Mr Leedham's son Kevin died from a brain tumour in September 2012. He was just 36.

Flowers outside Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge
Flowers outside Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Tributes are pouring in for Mr Leedham. A passionate Liverpool supporter and former local football referee, he has been described as a "true gent and loved by all who knew him".

Flowers on the doortsep of Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge
Flowers on the doortsep of Something Sweet in Hebden Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire
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