Outcry over ‘missing’ gala

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A BRIGHOUSE councillor says he is outraged that details of Brighouse Charity Gala were left out of a Calderdale Council publicity booklet.

The Calderdale Events and Festivals brochure covering activities from April to September 2011 includes events taking place throughout Calderdale and although the Brighouse Festival of Brass is mentioned in July there is no reference to Brighouse Charity Gala which is planned for Saturday, June 25.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind) said he had been given a number of reasons why it hadn’t been included.

“I was intitially told that the department responsible for compiling the leaflet didn’t know anything about it but then I got a written reply which said it was not always possible to fit in all the events and attractions throughout the borough.

“This is the one of the biggest galas in Calderdale and raises tens of thousands of pounds for charity and they say they don’tt have enough room to put it in.

“There is very little information at all about the Lower Valley in the booklet.

“The town has links to Robin Hood and there are always things going on at the Smith Art Gallery along with the markets we hold. The tourism department claims it isn’t getting the feedback and they don’t know what is happening in the town.

“We are the second largest area in Calderdale and we get one mention for the Festival of Brass on July 2 and 3 and a brief reference to the railway station.

“Once again the main focus seems to be Halifax and the Upper Valley, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

Robin Tuddenham, director for safer and stronger communities, said there were many events and festivals going on across Calderdale this year, all of which were promoted.

“This guide is just a flavour of the variety of events and festivals on offer and is intended to promote Calderdale as a great place to visit,” he said. “We encourage people to go to the website at www.visitcalderdale.com to find out more about what is coming up.”

Event organisers can email the Tourism team at tourism@calderdale.gov.uk to promote their event on the Visit Calderdale website.