Pupils sing praises of Yorkshire pudding and pedalling

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SCHOOL CHILDREN sang about the twin joys of Yorkshire pudding and cycling during a surprise ‘flash mob’ type event in the centre of Halifax.

Around 350 pupils from 13 Calderdale schools gathered outside Halifax Town Hall and then walked through the streets whilst singing during the Halifax Food and Drink Festival on Saturday.

Halifax street singing

Halifax street singing

Then they gathered outside Marks & Spencer in the Woolshops shopping area as relatives and friends clapped and cheered as they performed their own songs.

One of the songs, Ode to the Yorkshire Pudding, was written by pupils at St Michael and All Angels CE Primary School in Siddal, Halifax.

The preparation for the event involved a partnership between Calderdale Council’s Music Hub, museums and schools.

The songs celebrated the quirkiness of life in Yorkshire, its interesting landscape and history and, of course, promoted the joys of cycling ahead of next month’s Tour de France.

Council leader Councillor Tim Swift said: “It’s wonderful to see youngsters working together, getting so involved in the Yorkshire Festival and really excited about the Tour de France.

“They’ve shown amazing talent writing their own songs – they should be proud of themselves. Their masterpieces and teamwork are a celebration of all that’s brilliant about Calderdale and Yorkshire.”

The words to Ode to the Yorkshire Pudding include the lines:

We love Yorkshire, we love pudding

We all love Yorkshire pudding Yum!

Ee-bah-gum, ee-bah-gum

We all love Yorkshire pudding Yum!

Crusty, brown, fluffy, round

Light as air, Yorkshire Air

Yum, yum in my tum

Yorkshire pudding made by my mum

Best bit, soggy bottom

Best bit, crusty edge

Fill it up with beef and gravy

Pile it high with mash and veg

We love Yorkshire, we love pudding...