Haworth Village Association disbanded after organisers reduced to tears

Keighley News: Haworth 1940s weekend brought crowds flocking to the village but the vent made a loss and attracted criticism Buy this photo Haworth 1940s weekend brought crowds flocking to the village but the vent made a loss and attracted criticism

The chairman of the parish council has hit out at the way some people treated organisers of this year’s Haworth 1940s Weekend.

The event, staged by the now-defunct Haworth Village Association, attracted thousands of visitors but made a £5,000 loss.

Councillor John Huxley told the parish council, it was a real shame that the association had since been disbanded.

He added that the association members who arranged the popular 40s Weekend had deserved much more support than they received.

“There were some things which happened to the organisers which shouldn’t have happened,” he said.

“There were some dreadful things said, dreadful things.

“One of the organisers was reduced to tears on the Friday night and one was reduced to tears on the Saturday night.

“In a civilised society we should be able to speak to someone without reducing them to tears. That just isn’t good enough.”

He stressed that the village association had been under intense pressure to conform to complex regulations which had not been required in previous years.

He said they were even told to do a risk assessment based on the possibility that the Second World War-era fly-past aircraft might crash into Main Street.

l The council co-opted a new member to fill a seat left vacant in the wake of last month’s elections.

Greg Swallow was taken on to represent Haworth ward.

He lives in Sand Street and has been based in the village for 30 years.

There is still a vacant seat for the Cross Roads ward.

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