Bounce ‘n’ Bump axed

Bounce and Bump - Heckmondwike Green. (d08081161)
Bounce and Bump - Heckmondwike Green. (d08081161)

A POPULAR family event which has taken place in Heckmondwike since 2006 has been axed.

Bounce ‘n’ Bump family fun day, which attracted thousands of people to the town centre each year, has been slashed in this year’s budget cuts.

Each year the family event, held in Green Park, features attractions like circus skills, balloon modelling, clowns, music, a town centre parade, martial arts, acrobatics and breakdancing, bouncy castles, drumming and Indian dancing.

Kirklees Council has cancelled a number of community events this year in the district which it says will save £75,000 over the next two years.

Former town centre manager Keith Joplin, who helped bring the event to Heckmondwike, said it was sad the event was cancelled – but he was not surprised.

He said: “We got funding for one year then it was extended to three years. It was never intended to be a permanent event. In this current climate I’m not surprised it’s one of the things that has been cancelled. It’s been really good for Heckmondwike and it’s sad when things like this finish but I think it’s up to the people and traders to come together and create something.

“It costs £10,000 and it’s always extremely well received but we are in a very strange economic climate. If the traders come together they could apply to the area committee for funding.

“I think people who enjoyed it will be disappointed but if there’s something else in its place, life goes on.”

Howard Cook, Heckmondwike Chamber of Trade chairman, said he was disappointed the event had been cancelled, but was hoping to put on a summer event.

He said: “It’s another blow for Heckmondwike.”