Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly is one the street acts performing in the second free Street Sundae event in Hebden Bridge on Sunday as the Arts Festival draws to a close.
Peter Kay spotted Janice doing standup before casting her as Holy Mary in the cult Channel 4 comedy and this weekend she is performing as her alter ego cheeky housewife Barbara Nice leading the crowds in laughs and daft mass games around St George’s Square.
Some of the nation’s top street performers also joining in the fun, produced by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, include madcap violin genius Sid Bowfin, Plungeboom’s Vegetable Nannies who will be roaming the streets and agile Abigail Collins tickling your funny bone in Une Femme Exposee, the story of a fallen diva who has lost everything.
Former Beatle George Harrison loved playing the Ukulele and wandering vagabond Gary Bridgens is a virtuoso on the ever popular instrument. If you fancy a go on the Ukulele, Gary is offering a free, fifty minute workshop at 1.25pm where there’s room for forty folk of any age who will then perform en masse by the duck steps.
There’s more local talent on show than ever before this weekend including moves from Outta Place. OB Fushion and the Helen Wilman School of Dance, music from Catfish Skillet and Sleepers, Hebden Bridge Junior Brass Band and Calder Valley Youth Theatre, and spoken word from Leeds Young Authors and Threadbare Theatre.
Down On the Marina there’s some great hands on activities with Wild Goose, Treeresponsibility and the Source Collective alongside tasty food and drink stalls.
And there’s even more going on at the Town Hall including the Remains of Elmet exhibition
“Street Sundae is once again made possible thanks to our stewards and exceptionally talented local performers of many ages who give their time for free in order to make a day to remember,” says Sara Robinson, Chair of the Festival and Producer of the Street Sundaes.
“Our thanks also to Hebden Royd Town Council and many of our local shops for supporting this event making it free and open to literally anyone. So come and join us, and see you on the square for some finale fun and games!”
Street Sundae takes place around Hebden Bridge town centre from 12 nooon til 4pm on Sunday July 5.