TENS of thousands of people took part in the Festival of Light in Huddersfield over the weekend despite the poor weather, making this year’s the biggest and best attended festival to date.
Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Mehboob Khan said: “We estimate over 50,000 people have visited Huddersfield this weekend.”
The festival was headlined by Grupo Puja on Saturday evening who had to brave driving rain to perform in front of a capacity audience at 7.30pm.
Cllr Khan also said: “I spent a couple of hours helping our event staff at the Information Tent on Saturday evening and spoke to people who had travelled from Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield amongst other places.
“I even spoke to West Bromwich’s MP who brought his children up here to see why everyone’s talking about our Festival.
“Many people told me that they chose to visit after seeing the BBC’s broadcast from the Light Gardens on Friday evening, and judging from the crowd in the Square for the firework finale this evening, I suspect many of them came back again today.”
Shops chose to stay open longer to take advantage of the large number of people who flocked to the town centre. Cllr Khan added: “This is great news for our town centre, and our traders.”