Waterfront podcast: Christmas in Hebden Bridge

Join in with a most alternative festive celebration

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There’s a decorated fir tree in the town square, a choir belting out carols, hundreds of people wearing Christmas hats and the smell of roast potatoes in the air. The only curious thing is the date… because all of this is happening on the 25 June.

Having witnessed their town being ravaged by floods on Boxing Day 2015, Hebden Bridge residents decided the best thing to do was to postpone Christmas for six months. Waterfront podcast host David Bramwell dons his best Santa outfit and joins in with the town’s alternative Christmas celebrations.

Amid the sound of a brass band, choir and the occasional bagpipe, we chat to locals about how the floods affected their lives and about the extraordinary generosity of those who worked to help the town and surrounding area recover – from Canal and River Trust team members and volunteers to the biker gangs who watched over the town while the waters receded.

Waterfront podcast celebrates the work of Canal & River Trust, explores the stories behind some of our iconic stretches of water and meets fascinating people who live, work and play beside our waterways. Subscribe to Waterfront on iTunes so you don’t miss the next episode.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraising appeal. Your generosity is making a real difference to flood-hit communities, helping with our important work to reopen affected sections of towpath and canal following the Boxing Day floods.