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Hebden Bridge

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It’s been an amazing trip, full of family reunions, weddings, new experiences and new tastes! As we are packing to leave today, I’m sipping this wonderfully aromatic local tea from the Hebden Tea Company and secretly reading Thomas Gray’s ‘Elegy in a Country Churchyard’, which I found in the market, signed on the flyleaf, ‘For John, from his mother. 1923.’ The tea is a lovely blend of assam, bergamot, orange, lemon and cornflower petals.

Hebden Bridge is an old mill town nestled in a valley below the Yorkshire dales. There are only two chain stores in the whole town, the rest being community run or independent, there are weekly markets and the bars and cafes work solely with local produce. Hebden also has a thriving art and music scene, is close to Todmorden, headquarters of community veg garden project, Incredible Edible, and is site of the first community buyout of a British pub – wowee! The people are friendly, quirky and brilliant. Having been here for just five days, I can’t walk across the square without someone waving at me! Thank you, Hebden, for a beautiful stay and for providing such a home for my dear brother and his brand new wife.

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