Tracy Brabin MP celebrated the brilliant women of Batley and Spen by hosting an International Women’s Day event in the town on Saturday.

The all-day event featured a great line-up of guest speakers, live dance performances and demonstrations and a marketplace made up of local businesswomen, charities and community groups.

Held at Batley Community Centre the event marked International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to call for faster gender equality.

Speakers included Jane Antrobus, Greater Manchester Police’s first female Detective Chief Superintendent who took up a new career as an actor upon retirement, Sam Fray from Screen Yorkshire and local physical and mental health advocates Tiffany Clark, who runs Sxefit gym in Heckmondwike, TakeTen founder Stevie Morley and local boxing coach Alina Rizwat.

Local businesswomen Julia Townend and Salma Karolia also appeared on a panel to pass on their entrepreneurial expertise after both starting their own successful companies based in Batley.

Cleckheaton’s Sutton School of Performing Arts dazzled crowds with two performances on the main stage throughout the day, and Batley Poets also put on a performance for visitors.

IWD2The marketplace featured a range of businesses run by local women, from make-up and beauty products to arts and crafts, alongside local charities supporting women and families and other organisations, including Kirklees Active Leisure and West Yorkshire Police.

Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, said: “I had a great time at what’s now turning into a regular event celebrating all the brilliance the women of Batley and Spen have to offer.

“We laughed and occasionally cried at the bravery shown by some women speaking candidly about the challenges in their lives as well as their achievements.

“It was also brilliant to see so many successful businesswomen on display in the marketplace with such a wide variety of services on offer.

“Over all it was a huge celebration of the sisterhood in Batley and Spen and I’m proud to represent them in parliament.”

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