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Huddersfield residents can tour town's Caribbean history

COMMUNITY HISTORY: Empress Ballroom, Huddersfield - site of the Venn Street nightclubs

HUDDERSFIELD RESIDENTS will get the chance to learn about the town's Caribbean heritage as part of it's Black History Month programme.

A Caribbean Heritage Trail on Sunday (Oct 9), will introduce people to sites and stories associated with the rise and cultural contribution of Huddersfield’s Caribbean community over almost 70 years, the Huddersfield Examiner reported.

The 90-minutes guided walk recaptures some of the pioneer years from the late 1940s to early 1970s when people came to work in the town.

Points of interest include some familiar and unexpected places: the ‘Railway houses’ and the ‘Houses of Parliament’ where people used to sit on park benches and discuss the concerns of the time.

The trail is prepared by Heather Norris Nicholson, Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton and Denzil Nurse.

Nicholson said: “The trail reflects the diversity of Caribbean history and recalls where people lived when they first came, where they did their shopping, went to church and socialised.

“The walk will share memories of early school days, trying to keep out of the rain and warm indoors with coal fires, door to door traders and a reminder of local music hotspots that have now disappeared under town centre redevelopment including the legendary music venues of clubs in Sparrow Park – the site of the bus station – and Venn Street which is now a car park.

“The trail risked turning into a marathon as so many suggestions came in as people heard about the project. We couldn’t include every point of interest within a manageable walking time but this provides a starting point for people to identify what they believe is important locally.”

The Caribbean Heritage Trail has been devised by Building African Caribbean Communities (BACC) over the past year.

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