Published On: Sat, Mar 8th, 2014 on 1:24 pm

Ahoy! Pirates mark launch of Pageturners festival in Halifax

Pageturners Festival Halifax

Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Ann Martin, and consort Mohammad Naeem (middle on top row) are surrounded by pirates and buccaneers

Fancy-dressed youngsters have been making their own crafts and taking part in a treasure trail today as part of the newly-launched Pageturners Festival.

Officially opened at the Halifax Central Library on 8 March by the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Ann Martin, young buccaneers got the chance to meet pirates, listen to sea-faring tales, make their own pirate hooks and take part in a treasure trail around Eureka! museum.

One lucky pirate even got the chance to win a treasure chest of prize loot.

It marks the start of an eight-day festival, which has been set up to promote reading amongst young people by immersing them in various fun literary activities.

The first of its kind in Calderdale, schools, libraries and town halls across the region will be taking part in events before the spectacular finale takes place at the University of Huddersfield on 15 March.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Megan Swift, said: “The Pageturners festival is an amazing opportunity for children and young people in our region to celebrate the joy of reading through meeting so many authors and illustrators.

“I really hope people get involved to make the festival a great success.”

The Pageturners festival has been brought together by Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, the University of Huddersfield, Eureka Children’s Museum, Reading Matters and the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.

For a list of all the events taking place, and information on how to take part, please visit www.pageturners.hud.ac.uk/list,of,events.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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