Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade is ready for take-off! It starts at noon on Sunday, June 7

Meg Marsden, Charlie Lee, Thomas McKee, Harriet Herbert,Evie Lewis, Millie Lewis, and Rhys Lewis look forward to the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

Meg Marsden, Charlie Lee, Thomas McKee, Harriet Herbert,Evie Lewis, Millie Lewis, and Rhys Lewis look forward to the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. Picture by Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an alien space ship over Calder Holmes Park? In fact, it will be all of those things when the 8th annual Handmade Parade flies into Hebden Bridge on Sunday!

Thousands of people are expected to watch the parade and the theme this year is Come Fly With Us!

Watch out for aviators in crazy flying machines, space rockets, giant dragon-flies and washing lines of enormous pants blowing in the wind.

The parade, complete with bands Drum Machine, Handmade Samba Band, Skiband and a women’s dance ensemble, will set off at noon from the Handmade Parade workshops in Victoria Road and head down Valley Road, through St George’s Square and Bridge Gate to Holme Street and finish in Calder Holmes Park, where there will be a mini-festival with live bands, dancing and food stalls from local vendors until 4pm.

Handmade Parade Artistic Director Andrew Kim, said: “People often tell us the parade is out of this world and this year it really will be with an alien invasion planned for Hebden Bridge.

“We’re so pleased to be able to continue bringing this event to our community and the boost it provides the whole town. Please give generously to the pigeon donation collectors in the parade who will be collecting for this and future Handmade Parades.”

Final costume workshops are at Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, today (June 4) from 4pm-6pm with an extra evening session for teens and adults from 7pm-9pm.

Participants are asked to be at the parade workshops at 11am on Sunday for the line-up, with the parade starting at noon. Those taking part are asked to walk to the workshops, use public transport or park near the train station as parking around the workshops will be extremely limited.

Organisers are urging visitors to this year’s parade to walk or use public transport if at all possible and to choose vantage points away from St George’s Square and Bridge Gate in order to get a better view and keep the parade moving smoothly.

There will be traffic delays on the A646 Halifax Road between 12.20pm and 1pm.

Jude Wadley, Event Producer and Outreach Co-ordinator for Handmade Parade, added: “If people haven’t had a chance to get to workshops but still want to be involved we need volunteers to help set up and pack up in the park - 8am till 10am and 3.45pm - 6pm - and also people to help carry large puppets and art in the parade.

“They can email me about helping set up jude@handmadeparade.org.uk and wander down to the workshop to see us about carrying parade art.”

For more info on the parade go to www.handmadeparade.co.uk