Summer of fun planned for Mirfield

FUN IN THE SUN: Martin Ibberson, Richard Hartley, Carol Hartley and David Pinder are planning a host of summer events for Mirfield. (d29031202)
FUN IN THE SUN: Martin Ibberson, Richard Hartley, Carol Hartley and David Pinder are planning a host of summer events for Mirfield. (d29031202)

A BUMPER summer of fun is planned for Mirfield.

The town’s calendar will be filled with fairs, parades and festivals.

The first new event in the town will be Mirfield Fair on April 28, which will raise money for St Paul’s Church. The church will be teeming with traders selling quality crafts, artisan breads, cheeses and more.

Organiser Martin Ibberson said: “We want it to help make Mirfield a destination. We have seen in other areas how local retailers have seen their turnover increase by 20 or 30 per cent thanks to events like this.”

That evening it will also be the Battle Back Ball, the black tie event organised by Mirfield people to raise cash for Help For Heroes.

In June the Mirfield Jubilee Festival will be a street party-style event with rides and entertainment held at Mirfield Showground on June 3 to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

Organisers are looking for local performers and it is hoped an oak tree donated to Mirfield Community Partnership by Grace Landscapes will be planted to mark the occasion. Coun David Pinder (Con) said: “It will be a great day for all the family.”

The following evening, on June 4, an official Diamond Jubilee Beacon will be lit at Dewsbury District Golf Club in Sands Lane. It will form part of a chain of more than 2,600 lights up and down the country.

On June 9 it will be Mirfield’s Festival of Dance, when more than a dozen morris dancing troupes entertain at pubs and venues across the town, culminating with a dance-off at St Paul’s Church.

Coun Pinder said the event was the only of its kind in the area. “If we want to put Mirfield on the map, we have to do something different,” he said.

On Armed Forces Day on June 30, Mirfield Fair will be back with proceeds going to Help For Heroes. In Ings Grove Park there will be a special wreath laying ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War and a parade and band will march to Mirfield Showground.

Mirfield Show will then be held on August 19, Mirfield Fair will return on September 29 and there will be a special Christmas fair on November 24.