There's no better way to enjoy the magic of an eclipse than with children — and that's just what I did in Berry Brow today.
Today saw a solar eclipse across the UK, with Huddersfield seeing around 90% of the sun hidden behind the moon. People across our town stepped out to watch, and there are some stunning photographs of the event!
I joined children and parents at Berry Brow Infant and Junior School where we shared special eclipse glasses and saw a spectacular view of the moon making its way in front of the sun. Everyone was really impressed, and it was wonderful to see the delight on the faces of the children.
After the eclipse I met with the school council, and we talked about a number of things including the brilliant Castle Hill, how we shouldn't waste food, and that we should look after homeless people. What a fantastic and compassionate group of young people!
One of the children I was speaking to said she wished we had more celebrations where everyone can come together: a brilliant suggestion! It makes me think just how important these kinds of shared community events are. We've been doing well in Huddersfield with vibrant cultural events like the Festival of Light, the Carnival, the Huddersfield Literary Festival and the Food & Drink Festival.
Sadly the cuts from central government mean that many local festivals and events across Huddersfield and Kirklees are unlikely to run again. That'll be a disappointment not only to the children of Berry Brow school, but to everyone in our community. I'm proud to have formed a group looking at how we can save these events and preserve the valued celebrations of unity and happiness Huddersfield does so well.