For the first time in their 10-year history Hebden Bridge Hill Millies - the town’s all-female morris dance troupe - now have stylish matching leg bells .
Cathy Bridger-Edwards, who runs CE Leathergoods workshop and saddlery in the town, made the bells in the troupe’s home colour of burgundy.
Cathy fashioned the accessories using pure brass bells, in three sizes, supplied by a specialist company in Bradford. The leather, including vegan versions, came from a stockist near Skipton.
Hill Millies’ administrator Kathy Riley - whose partner Richard Gascoigne took these colourful pictures of members of the troupe - said the new leg bells had already been put through their paces at Heptonstall Festival and at the annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival.
The 10-strong troupe had hoped to replace their old elasticated leg bells but searches of the internet had revealed new ones would be “incredibly expensive”.
So Kathy asked her friend if she could help.
She said: “Cathy and I have children of the same age. I asked her if she would make the leg bells for us and she made them bespoke. We are incredibly lucky to have her in Hebden Bridge - she is a very fine craftsperson.”
Hebden Bridge Hill Millies practise on Thursday evenings at Holme Street Arts Centre from 8pm to 9.30pm. New members are welcome - contact Kathy on 07812048569 for further details.