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GALLERY AND VIDEO - Huge crowds expected for Huddersfield’s 2012 Festival of Light

A CROWD of up to 50,000 is expected to pack into Huddersfield for the Festival of Light 2012.

Setting up for Festival of Light in St. George's Square, Huddersfield

A CROWD of up to 50,000 is expected to pack into Huddersfield for the Festival of Light 2012.

Final preparations are being made today for the event, which kicks off tomorrow and runs through until Sunday.

Organisers are hoping for fine weather for the main event, which will feature high-wire acts above St George’s Square.

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The programme includes an open-air disco in the Open Market and a three-metre tall illuminated puppet.

Audiences will also discover live music on King Street, light and fire installations in St George’s Square and St Peter’s Gardens and a myriad of street theatre shows and strolling performers around the town.

Also back by popular demand, a winter food and drink market will pop up on Byram Street, close to an indoor Art Arcade, with stalls and workshops, inside Huddersfield Methodist Mission.

The headline show, which starts at 7.45pm, is by high-wire artists Jade Kindar-Martin and Didier Pasquette.

They will walk over 120m on a tightrope, above Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings. The show is performed more than 25m above the audience, and made all the more spectacular by the fact that there are no harnesses or safety nets.

Clr Peter McBride, of Kirklees Cabinet, said: “Festival of Light is one of Kirklees’ biggest events of the year and is one that people look forward to for months.

“Over the years the festival has expanded from a one night show to a weekend full of entertainment, which last year brought in excess of 50,000 people into Huddersfield.”

The town centre will come alive from 6pm tomorrow and from 4pm Saturday, with entertainment until 10pm. And, on Sunday, visitors can get their final fill of food and art market from lunchtime, culminating with the traditional carol concert and firework finale from 4.30pm.

Festival-goers are advised to use the Springwood and Spring Grove car parks, which are open 24 hours and the Bus Station and Market Hall car parks which will stay open until 11pm on all three days.

Due to some of the performances and events taking place, a number of roads in the town centre will be closed during the festival.

Access to the railway station car park and pick-up/drop off points will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday/Saturday and 3pm on Sunday until midnight.

A temporary drop-off point will be in place at the junction of John William Street and Brook Street.

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