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Musical feast at Mytholmroyd lights switch-on

Entertaining the croweds: Mr Wilson's Second Liners Credit: Peter Holmes

Eleven months ago to the day, the village of Mytholmroyd, near Hebden Bridge, was virtually destroyed, left under several feet of water in the Boxing Day floods.

But it was time to celebrate at the Christmas market and lights switch-on - to the beat of two very different musical genres.

The crowds were entertained by the wild and wacky Mr Wilson's Second Liners with their upbeat dance tracks (above) - and the more traditional music of Hebden Bridge Brass Band (below).

Traditional: Hebden Bridge Brass Band Credit: Peter Holmes



Gold for Rio flatmates Kadeena Cox and Karen Darke

Golden girls Kadeena Cox and Karen Darke

They are flatmates in Rio - and this afternoon Kadeena Cox, from Leeds, and Karen Darke, from Mytholmroyd, are celebrating after both won Gold medals on day seven of the Paralympics.

Their wins see Great Britain surpassing the London 2012 total. ParalympicsGB now have 37 golds, improving on 34 four years ago.

Kadeena, 25, set a world record of one minute 0.71 seconds to win the T38 400m, having won gold in track cycling's C4-5 last week. And Karen, 45, took the H1-3 time trial title.

Her father, Mike, back in Mytholmroyd said simply: "Great. She deserves it!"

Calder Valley celebrates 'Alternative Christmas'

Six months on from the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley, residents and business have been celebrating an 'Alternative Christmas' today.

Hebden Bridge celebrate Christmas in June Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rains which started on Christmas Day saw festivities ruined for many people in both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd - with hundreds of homes and business left under up to six feet of water.

The town council organised a day of Christmas festivities, with shops encouraged to get out the tinsel and baubles and decorate their businesses - to make up for the soggy Christmas they lost.

Hebden Bridge junior band kicked off the celebrations Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge Junior Band kicked off celebrations by playing carols around a Christmas tree in the town's St George's Square at 11 am. They were also playing at Mytholmroyd Gala, which started at 12.15 pm, and accompanied there by a choir from Burnley Road Primary School, whose pupils have still not been able to return to their flooded classrooms and continue to be taught elsewhere.

There will be all the fun of the gala in Mytholmroyd, and street entertainment in Hebden Bridge throughout the day.

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