Hundreds enjoy an action-packed day

One of the UK’s biggest youth festivals returned to the Calder Valley for the fifth year in a row.

The Fair for Youth invited young people of all ages to enjoy an activity-packed Saturday in Calder Holmes Park.

Fun in the sun at Fair For Youth

Fun in the sun at Fair For Youth

The event run for, and by, young people proved to be a massive success, with more than 600 people turning up on the day and around 40 young people volunteering their help.

Alfie Farrington, 16, and a member of the Fair for Youth organisation, said: “It was the best event we’ve ever held, the weather stayed fine and everyone had a great day after six months of planning.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm this year and we’ve never seen support like it.

The day included arts and crafts workshops, a dance and acoustic tent as well as an inflatable football pitch, a space hopper race and zorbing.

There was also a performance and skills workshop from three-time UK Beatbox Champion Ball-Zee.

For five years the Fair For Youth organisation has worked to promote youth culture within the Hebden Bridge area and encourage young people to develop new skills in areas including graffiti art, sports, arts and crafts, music, painting and more.

As well as being involved on the day, many young people were also involved in the construction and development of the event.

Burnley College student Alfie added: “The aim of the Fair for Youth is to really engage young people through the different workshops and events like this really help to create a positive image for the youth of Hebden Bridge.

“There’s always room for improvement and we are now hoping to cooperate with other groups trying to achieve similar things in the area.

“Next year we want to put on even more workshops and activities and make the day bigger and better than ever before.

“We’d also like to thank the organisations who’ve helped us with the fair including the Friends of Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Royd Council, Calderdale Festival Fund, the Hebden Bridge Boxing Club as well as youth services and all the Police support on the day.”

The organisation meets at the Holme Street arts centre on Wednesdays at 6.30pm and the Fair for Youth welcomes young people to go along to their meetings if they would like to get involved.