Business leaders in Honley are going back to the future to revive a village tradition.

The Honley Business Association is bringing back the spirit of Honley Feast, an annual event dating back to the 1800s.

The feast – which as well as a funfair brought the circus to town – saw thousands turn out for their big day of the year.

It was always held on the first Sunday after September 19, a date said to be linked to the Festival of the Virgin Mary in the Roman calendar.

Businesses in Honley were looking at how they could boost trade and decided that a food and drink festival with a twist was the way forward.

The feast will be held at Honley Cricket Club in Far End Lane on Saturday September 17 (10am-7pm). That date was chosen, rather than the traditional date, to avoid a clash with Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival the following weekend.

Take alook at last year's food festival below

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Honley Feast will be more than a funfair but don’t expect elephants or monkeys down the main street.

The feast will feature at least 100 stalls selling food, drink, local produce, arts and crafts and there will be activities and entertainment for all the family.

There will also be a Big Sing in mid-afternoon.

Association chairman Adele Oxley said it was hoped to make Honley Feast as authentic as possible, even without the circus animals.

“Typical foods included roast beef and pickled red cabbage, currant puddings and home-brewed beer so we will have all that and more,” she said.

Children on roundabout at Honley Feast in 1962

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“The feast also featured games such as football and tug of war and there were horse races too so it would be fantastic to recreate the event and include as many of these as possible.”

The group is also trying to find out more about the history of the feast and collect old photographs and memorabilia.

To help, book a stall or find out more e-mail secretary June Mclean on

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