There was a tangible buzz in the air as the night drew in on Thursday. People were coming to Hebden Bridge from far and wide to enjoy the Valley of Lights and it was really really EXCITING!
The parade was awesome, full of energy and celebration and kids proudly carrying the paper lanterns that they had made. The TV cameras were there to soak it all up. You can get a sense of the energy from this video on Look North.
There was a night market on the marina, the canal boats were all lit up
and there were strange luminous shapes floating in the water..
I only got a far away view of the fire dancers on the old bridge but it looked amazing. There was music and entertainment all over town and such a great atmosphere. Everyone was blown away by the spectacle of it all.
The best bit was the brilliant sense of the community celebrating together how far we'd come since the floods in June.
This town needed a party.
It was the most magical celebration.