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Residents' shock as River Calder turns orange

After all the recent rainfall many of our rivers are running fast and full. But in the hills above Calderdale one waterway has been causing quite a stir.

The colour change has been traced to a mine in the hills

Residents in Mytholmroyd were certainly baffled when overnight the River Calder turned orange.

The Environment Agency have identified the discoloured water as coming from an old coal mine in the hills above the village of Portsmouth, in the valley.

Mytholmroyd lights up for Christmas

Santa and local mayor light up the village Credit: Sue Taylor
A juggler entertains the crowds Credit: Sue Taylor
Hebden Bridge junior band play carols to get everyone in the festive spirit Credit: Sue Taylor

Mytholmroyd is now ready for Christmas after the villages' festive lights were officially switched on. The entertainment included the chance to see Santa and stroke a real life reindeer, watch jugglers, enjoy crafts, gifts stalls, food, drink, and Hebden Bridge Junior band.

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