Don’t let it rain on our parade!

Brighouse Arts Festival Party in the Park at Rydings Park, Brighouse'Pictured at the Dr Who workshop are Rebecca and Bethany Sharp, workshop leader Mark Wright, Eleanor Furner and Matthew Hardy
Brighouse Arts Festival Party in the Park at Rydings Park, Brighouse'Pictured at the Dr Who workshop are Rebecca and Bethany Sharp, workshop leader Mark Wright, Eleanor Furner and Matthew Hardy

RAIN stopped play - but visitors to Brighouse Arts Festival’s Party in the Park refused to let the weather spoil the fun.

As the heavens opened over Rydings Park, events were moved indoors to the Smith Art Gallery and more than 160 people passed through the doors.

Organiser Tom Ratcliffe said: “An awful lot of hard work had gone into organising the event and, after hearing the forecast, we were optimistic that the day would be dry. But when the rain arrived, we had to carry on regardless and move some events under cover. It was a shame but there’s nothing you can do about the weather.”

Attractions included steam train rides, a graffiti artist, Brighouse singer Bethany Dimmock and stalls. There were Dr Who workshops in the library and artist Matthew Evans led painting and drawing workshops.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “Rain stopped play later in the afternoon but all adjourned to the library and were entertained by a group of belly dancers with enthusiastic audience participation.

“It was very satisfying to see the library, art gallery and Rydings being used to such great effect.”

Brighouse Arts Festival, which runs until Friday, August 31, got off to a successful start with entertaining concerts by the Ian McMillan orchestra, pianist Chris Illingworth and the Gogo Penguin Jazz Trio.

“We have had some very positive feedback, “ said Mr Ratcliffe.