Calder Valley residents finally sit down to Christmas dinner 6 months after floods

Calder Valley residents sit down to Christmas dinner in June Credit: Press Association

The Calder Valley has been celebrating an alternative Christmas today, 6 months on since the area was devastated by the boxing day floods.

A brass band kicked off the event with carols, shops decorated their windows and the annual gala took on a festive theme.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band kicked off celebrations in the town Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Victoria and Elizabeth enjoy the Christmas decorations in Hebden Bridge a Credit: Press Association

Revellers in the market town of Hebden Bridge and neighbouring Mytholmroyd today raised their glasses to a belated Christmas Day as they partied up and down the same street which only months ago had been turned into a river.

Emma and Sara dress up as Christmas tree fairies Credit: Press Association
Festive shop window Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The rain meant the Christmas period was ruined for many people in both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, with hundreds of homes and business left under water. But today everyone was getting into the Christmas spirit.

Councillor Christine Davenport gets into Xmas spirit Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Today bikers who had served as security for the area after looters targets shops and properties, got back on their tinsel trimmed motorcycles tojoin in with the celebrations.

A biker joins in on the festivities as Hebden Bridge Credit: Press Association

Jason Elliott who organised the event said the event was a 'replacement' Christmas for all those people who did not get to enjoy it in December.