Olympics excitement comes to Brighouse

Brighouse traders David Tankard, Lesley Adams and John Murphy
Brighouse traders David Tankard, Lesley Adams and John Murphy

THE centre of Brighouse will ring to the sound of pounding feet and cheering crowds this summer when all the excitement of the Olympics comes to the town.

Grass will be laid along a length of Commercial Street and races will be held on Sunday, June 24 - the day when the Olympic torch is carried through Brighouse on its progress round the country.

But instead of Olympic sports such as long jump, hurdles and decathlon, the competition is likely to be of a more traditional variety - egg and spoon, sack and obstacle races.

The day of fun is being organised by Brighouse Business Initiative which has obtained permission from Calderdale Council to close Commercial Street to traffic for the day.

Chairman Lesley Adams said: “We want to bring a flavour of Olympic spirit to the town. We will be hanging up bunting along Commercial Street and aim to lay real grass over a section of the street so that we hold our own mini-Games.

“We have told all the local junior schools about it and invited them to take part. So far there has been a lot of interest.”

Lesley said she started planning the event when she heard the Olympic torch was being carried through Brighouse on its way to Halifax.

“Having the torch coming through Brighouse is likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we want to make sure it’s a day to remember.”

The business organisation is also planning to hold a Jubilee street party in the town centre on Saturday, June 2. Tables will be laid out down the length of Commercial Street and there will be food, music and a party atmosphere.

“We want the day to have a 1950s feel and hope people will get dressed up in vintage clothes. We are still planning the event but we hope there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

“We want members of the public to get involved and create a real buzz about the Jubilee. We will be asking people to bake buns, make sandwiches and generally contribute to the day.”