New greenway set to open

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THE official opening of the new Dewsbury to Ossett greenway will take place on Thursday.

The Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Eric Firth, will lead an afternoon of celebrations to mark the completion of the first phase.

He will open up new routes linking Earlsheaton to Sands Lane playing fields and Savile Town Wharf at 1pm, before inviting local people to enjoy a heritage trail, kite flying, guided walks and cycling.

The event is part of the Outdoor Dewsbury Festival, nine days of mostly free activities which starts tomorrow.

The festival, funded by Dewsbury Town and Valley Committee, was first held last year to get people outdoors and active.

Coun Paul Kane (Lab, Dews East) said: “Following the success of the first festival in 2010, the committee is delighted to help fund a second festival, this time in partnership with British Waterways.

“The 2011 festival will provide a whole host of fun activities for Dewsbury people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the countryside, parks and open spaces right on their doorstep.”

Activities include canoeing, archery, orienteering, climbing, bush craft for beginners, fishing and circus skills.

Festival organisers will also host a kite-making workshop and stalls at Dewsbury Market on Wednesday, when places for the greenway opening activities can be booked.

The festival and greenway are part of Dewsbury Regeneration Board’s Outdoor Dewsbury initiative to improve and promote the town’s green spaces, and improve the health of local people.

l Turn to The Guide for details of more Outdoor Dewsbury Festival events.