Community counts down to a gala occasion in east Leeds

Face-painting fun at a previous gala.
Face-painting fun at a previous gala.
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This year’s Burmantofts Gala is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

The annual event is being staged for the fifth time this Saturday, June 24, on Oxton Fields, off Torre Road.

It attracted about 250 people when it was first held but last year’s attendance figure was around the 2,000 mark.

This summer’s bash should also pull in the crowds, with organisers having put up banners and distributed around 5,000 publicity leaflets.

And with a packed programme of entertainment and activities scheduled, the decision has been taken to extend the gala by an extra hour.

It normally runs from midday to 3pm but this year it will be taking place between midday and 4pm.

Dee Adams, mother of Leeds boxing champion Nicola Adams, will be on hand to open the free event.

Organiser Bob Field told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The way the gala has grown over the years has been fantastic.

“When we first started it was basically me and a couple of officers from the council.

“Now we have a committee and it will be good to see everyone’s hard work pay off at the weekend.

“We’re just hoping the weather stays fine – it’s never let us down in the past, so fingers crossed for more of the same this year.”

Support for the gala has come from Leeds City Council, Bridge Community Church and Veolia.

It is also being backed by Jimbo’s Fund, set up by the late Leeds philanthropist Jimi Heselden.

This Saturday’s attractions will include stalls, face-painting, music, inflatables, visual art performances from Cusan Theatre and even free donkey rides.

There are also plans for a parade of children in different national dress.