BUSINESSES, residents, schools and community groups are getting involved in the Valley of Lights festival as it prepares for the big launch next weekend.
The free ten-day festival of family fun will begin on Saturday, November 24, and aims to celebrate the people, creativity and community spirit of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.
Organisers have been overwhelmed with the response so far, with many businesses signing up and decorating their premises with lanterns.
There will be three celebration nights. The first will be in Todmorden on Saturday, November 24, starting with a lantern parade from Bramsche Square at 5pm.
The second will be in Hebden Bridge on November 29, when the parade sets off from the Handmade Parade workshop at 6.30pm.
Finally, the Mytholmroyd event will take place on December 1, when the parade sets off from the Mytholmroyd Community Centre car park at 5.45pm.
Each procession will end with a spectacular fire finale in the town centre featuring giant puppets.
There will also be night markets with street performers, illuminated sculptures and strolling bands.
To prepare for the celebration nights, workshops will be held at which people can make their own lanterns to join in the parades.
Workshops will be held at Todmorden High School on November 17, from 2-4pm; November 18, from 2-4pm; and November 20, from 4-6pm.
Sessions will run at the Handmade Parade workshop, 5 Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, on November 21, from 4-6pm; November 25, from 2-4pm; and November 27, from 4-6pm.
In Mytholmroyd, workshops will take place at Calder High School on November 22, from 4-6pm; November 25, from 2-4pm; and November 26, from 4-6pm.
For more information, visit www.valleyoflights.co.uk
l See next week’s edition for a map of the parade routes