KEEP your fingers crossed for the sun to shine on celebrations being held tomorrow for Yorkshire Day at Tolson Museum.
At the heart of the day’s events is Yorkshire Yarns, a commemoration of the region’s association with wool and textiles.
What could be more appropriate in the bi-centenary year of the local Luddite uprisings which are being marked by a series of events throughout the year.
Tomorrow’s events start at noon and centre stage will be children from Moldgreen School who have been working with, and having fun with, the Kirklees Community Heritage Team and artist Rachel Ellis weaving together a project.
They’ve made sheep costumes and learned a traditional clog dance with the help of nationally renowned folk singer and dancer Chris Coe.
As part of their project the children looked at breeds of sheep that thrive in Yorkshire including the Swaledale, Wensleydale and Derbyshire Gritstone.
They studied the quality of the wool and what it might be used for; carpet making, clothes, upholstery and craftwork.
All that work comes together in a museum display and the children will perform a fleecy version of a “hobby horse” dance at the Yorkshire Day event.
The Yorkshire Day celebration will include woolcraft demonstrations alongside the ‘Wild about Wool’ exhibition .
In addition museum visitors will be able to hear stories and songs about the struggles of weavers and croppers with songs from ‘The Noisy Frame’ performed by Annie Dearman and Steve Harrison and storytelling sessions with Satellite Arts.
There will also be the opportunity to meet some of the characters connected with the Luddites courtesy of Mikron Theatre Company.
Those who are feeling energetic can test their skill at flat cap flinging, try traditional toys and craft activities, see the various Luddite displays, and enjoy Yorkshire refreshments.
This is an early event as Yorkshire Day falls on Wednesday.