Finding their feet... the young explorers get used to their stilts

Stilters get some practice in for this year's Handmade Parade
Stilters get some practice in for this year's Handmade Parade

Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade workshops are in full swing this half term.

A record number of young people have signed up to the stilting workshops and will be practicing over the coming week and a half in readiness for the big day on June 8.

The theme for this year’s Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade will be endangered and extinct animals of the four corners of the earth: Jungle, Polar, Desert and Ocean.

Each section of the Endangerous Expedition will have a giant animal with a child explorer on it and the sections will draw on decorative motifs of cultures from those areas.

Handmade Parade organiser Hannah Merriman said: “So far, the workshop is filling up with a train of camel families (“camelies”), polar bears on the move, a school of scary sharks and a ton of talkative toucans.

“With (literally) trumpeting elephants leading the parade and more bands and dancers than ever before, this year’s parade promises to be a real explosion of energy and colour ”.

The young stilters will feature in each section as squawking toucans, twirling artic foxes, scorpion warriors and hammer head sharks.

Last year more than a thousand people took part in the parade and organisers are urging those who would like to get involved to come along as early as possible to beat the last-minute crowds.

It follows the success of this year Fantastical Cycle Parade in Todmorden.

Workshops will run from 10am to 12noon and 2pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday with further workshops on Tuesday and Thursday next week from 4pm to 6pm (June 3 and 5), with extra workshops for teens and adults from 7pm to 9pm on those last two dates.

Workshops will be held at Unit 5, Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge - entrance is by donation, a suggestion of £5 per costume for the first visit, and £1 per visit after that. All children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult at the workshops and during the parade.

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