Big crowds see cream of street performers

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. By Paul Clarke
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. By Paul Clarke

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival got off to a spectacular start as crowds poured into town for its annual Street Sundae.

Spectators had a chance to see the cream of the UK’s street performers, who were joined by top local entertainers, in a feast of free street entertainment.

St George’s Square was transformed into the main performance area and featured sets by Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, the Fairly Famous Family, the Wind and the Sun by Tell Tale Hearts and In Situ Circus, and the town’s own flamenco troop.

Performers on the wavy duck steps included Professor Pumpernickle, Blackburn People’s Choir, incompetent undertakers Potts and Fowlers, Calderdale Youth Guitar Ensemble, Singspiration choir and drama from Halifax Playhouse Stage’s youth ensemble.

And at the marina, the fun continued with food, comedy and music, while the Town Hall hosted craft workshop.

And the Blah Blah Blah Theatre Company presented their interactive show ‘Rummage’ in the sunshine last Sunday.

Festival artistic director Helen Mellor said: “Street Sundae is our annual thank you to the town for their support. We fuse internationally renowned performers with the very best local talent, and it’s completely free.”

A whole host of artistic events are planned in the town for Hebden Bridge Arts Festival including another Street Sundae this Sunday.

The festival closes on July 5.