Ideas will take flight in this year’s Handmade Parade

Stretching their wings at the previous Handmade Parade - now the Space Race is on for this year's theme. Picture: Ian Hodgson
Stretching their wings at the previous Handmade Parade - now the Space Race is on for this year's theme. Picture: Ian Hodgson

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an alien space ship over Calder Holmes Park? In fact, it will be all of those things when the 8th annual Handmade Parade flies into Hebden Bridge on Sunday June 7!

The theme has been chosen for the 2015 Handmade Parade and the organisers are urging everyone to “Come Fly With Us!” - and whether you’d like to take to the air in a flying machine, wing it like a bird or fly your kite in the wild winds, this is your chance to take the streets of Hebden by storm, they say.

This year’s parade will set off at noon that day from the Handmade Parade workshops in Victoria Road and head down Valley Road, through St George’s Square and Bridge Gate to finish in Calder Holmes Park, where there will be entertainment and food stalls from local vendors.

Linda Green, Chair of Handmade Parade CIC, said: “Lots of people tell us the parade is out of this world and this time we’re going to prove it by having alien space ships, spacewalking families, rocket packs and meteors.

“If you’d like to stay a little bit closer to earth, you could take to the skies as one of the Red Arrows tailing smoke or you might like to join a flock of birds or try to get off the ground in a flying machine.

“And if flying a kite or floating in a hot air balloon is more your kind of thing, there’ll be a chance to do that too – but watch out for the storm clouds and thunder claps!”

Open workshops for people to go along and create their parade art with the help of professional artists from Handmade Parade will begin on May 16 and run at week ends from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm, except during half term on May 26 and 28 when they’ll be from 1pm to 3pm, with extra evening sessions for teens and adults on June 2 and June 4 from 7pm to 9pm, said Linda.

Organisers are looking for food vendors who have a 4 or 5 food hygiene rating and produce or promote tasty locally produced food and drink. For more info email Kate    

The Handmade Parade brings thousands of visitors to the town and last year’s event was featured on the flagship BBC children’s programme Blue Peter.

Previous themes have included a Deluge of Delights, the Glorious Garden Party, a Hop, Skip and a Jump, the Fabulous Feast, the Enchanted Wood, Myths, Mysteries and Mayhem and the Endangerous Expedition and have inspired creations such as bees on scooters, fluorescent aliens, stilt-walking geese and a mechanical spider.