Singing in the rain at a party in the park

THE weather definitely didn’t dampen the mood as hundreds of people flocked to Bailiff Bridge memorial park.

Around 600 people enjoyed a wide range of entertainment and activities put on by members of Bailiff Bridge Community Association which marked its silver jubilee with a party in the park.

The whole community donned their raincoats and wellies as they paddled their way to the community centre for the special event.

There was entertainment by Sophie Langley, Brighouse’s very own Roger Davies, dancers from Dorothy Stevens in Lightcliffe and Clifton and Lightcliffe Band, who returned to the proms in the park finale.

Magician Mark Kelly also kept the guests entertained performing magic tricks with Hipperholme and Lightcliffe councillors David Kirton and Graham Hall as well as Calder Valley’s MP Craig Whittaker.

Chairman and organiser Malcolm Silkstone said it was absolutely wonderful. “It was a very successful community event. Obviously the key of the event was to celebrate 25years since I formed the group in January 1986. I think it went very well. There was lots of interest there and lots of nice comments coming from people who seemed to enjoy it.

“The ring of silver where we asked people to bring their spare silver coins which were placed in a circle around the park was a huge success raising £112.

“I would like to thank councillors David Kirton, Graham Hall and Howard Blagbrough and of course Craig Whittaker for their lovely comments and support and everyone else who made the whole event a success.”

There was something for all the family with fantastic prizes on the tombola, food and drink stalls, face painting and a fully licensed bar.

The entertainment also continued into the evening with performances from Tony King and The Time Travellers, which is made up of two head teachers from Brighouse schools, Peter O’Hare and Graeme Genty, in the community centre.

The event is thought to have raised around £2,000.