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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.

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.

Children remember favourite shopkeeper

Bob Leedham with his wife, Gemma Credit: family photo

Primary school pupils in Hebden Bridge have voted to name a new retirement complex in the town after their favourite shop keeper. Leedham Court is being officially named today in memory of sweet shop owner Bob Leedham who died in a motorcycle accident in Thailand in January.

The town came to a standstill for his funeral cortege to pass through in February and customers - many of them children - laid flowers outside "Something Sweet".

Bob's wife Gemma, who was also injured in the accident, will attend today's naming ceremony along with pupils from Stubbings infants school, who chose the name for the new apartments. Their teacher said the six and seven year olds had done so without any prompting from staff.

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


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:

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

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