EVERYTHING is groovy for organisers of Haworth’s Sixties Weekend despite fears they would have to cancel this year’s event.

An appeal for new volunteers was answered by several people who offered to join the committee during a recent crisis meeting.

The revitalised group has now begun preparations for a flower-powered festival planned for Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21.

The 2020 festival weekend is expected to follow the format of previous years with live music, a display of historic scooters, and visitors and performers wearing period costume.

Committee spokesman Ian Park said there had been doubt whether this year’s Sixties Weekend could go ahead after several members stood down, including two who were moving away from the village.

He said: “In terms of the event it’s looking a lot better. The meeting was really promising and we’re forging ahead.

“We picked a new secretary, and other people are looking after publicity and bookings. We could still do with a treasurer, but a couple of us volunteered to pick things up until we find one.

“Last year there were seven of us and it was still a stretch. We get extra helpers on the day. I don’t think people realise just how much preparation is required, with things such as Bradford Council and documentation.”

The current committee came together four years ago to revive the Haworth’s popular Sixties Weekend after the original high-profile annual event folded.

He said: “Our event is smaller than before, more focused on live music and a relaxing weekend. It’s been really well received with a lot of positive feedback

“Lots of people come dressed up as hippies or Mods, and the scooter boys come. Last year was the best event we’ve had for several years..

“I think this year will be the same as 2019. There will be plenty of vinyl records and live music, and entertainment for the kids, all-in-all a chilled-out weekend.”

Prior to last month’s crisis meeting, Sixties Weekend chairman Alan Watts had said the “small and enthusiastic” team remaining were not able to cover all the activities needed to put on the event.

He had appealed to the people of Haworth and surrounding areas for support, and said that cancelling the event would be a massive disappointment to lots of people.

Last year’s Sixties Weekend featured scooters, classic cars, mop tops, hippies and the sounds of the decade, during a host of events on both Saturday and Sunday.

Most activities were in the park, but there were additional attractions in Main Street. Around a dozen bands and entertainers performed.

Anyone wishing to help this year, either by joining the committee or during the weekend, should email Alan at wattsa@ymail.com.