Flooded Hebden Royd holds delayed Christmas – BBC News

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Image caption Christmas celebrations are taking place to thank people who helped during the floods – which devastated the area six months ago

People in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale are celebrating “the Christmas that never was”, six months after flooding devastated the area.

Thousands of homes and businesses in the region were damaged when Storm Eva battered the north of England during December’s floods.

Organisers said it was an opportunity for the whole community to have a proper party.

The event features six snow machines and Christmas trees.

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Image caption A brass band played to mark the occasion
Image caption The “elves” in the kitchen at Riverside School, Hebden Bridge, were responsible for preparing Christmas dinner
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Image caption Equipment, food and decorations for the Christmas dinner were donated by local businesses and officials
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Image caption There was also a surprise guest at the celebrations

There will also be a Christmas lunch for volunteers who helped when the floods hit, with an unseasonal visit from Santa and a festive-themed market with live entertainment, including brass bands and choirs.

Organisers said: “It is our way of saying thank you to all the volunteers who helped on Boxing Day, and in the weeks that followed.”

About 500 people are expected to attend a Christmas lunch event at Riverside School in Hebden Bridge.

During the December floods, a bus was swept down the street and sandbags were ripped up due to the force of the water running through the town.

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Image caption Homes and businesses had to be evacuated in Hebden Bridge during the floods
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Image caption Residents battled against floodwater after the River Calder bursts its banks in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-36629089

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