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Hebden Bridge youngsters' sweet tale

A group of children have rallied round to save their favourite shop from going under - after the Boxing Day floods.

Youngster who ran makeshift shop give their takings to help flood victims Credit: ITV Yorkshire

'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.


The day the band came to bring cheer to flooded town

Yorkshire Regiment Band brings colour and cheer Credit: Jenny Holmes

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.

Crowds turn out to watch Credit: Jenny Holmes
showing support for flooded town Credit: Jordan Edwards

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.

Ted Hughes documentary screens in Hebden Bridge

Ted Hughes Credit: PA

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.

Packed meeting over Hebden Bridge flood recovery plan

Scores of people have packed into Hebden Bridge Town Hall for a public meeting over the area's flood recovery plan.

Packed meeting over Hebden Bridge flood recovery plan Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.


Floods warnings remain in place after torrential rain

A number of flood alerts and warnings remain in place in West Yorkshire as the region was hit by torrential rain yesterday.

They sounded the flood sirens at Todmorden and Mytholmroyd amid concern over the rising River Calder.

The river at Hebden Bridge broke its bank on Saturday evening causing flooding on the roads.

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