Get ready for biggest Horsforth gala ever

Youngsters get involved in the fancy dress theme at Horsforth Gala.
Youngsters get involved in the fancy dress theme at Horsforth Gala.
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THOUSANDS of people are expected to pack out Hall Park this weekend for the biggest ever Horsforth Gala.

The annual community gala and family fun day attracts crowds of up to 5,000 people and is run entirely by volunteers.

The gala on Saturday, June 28, will kick off with a parade by local school children at 12pm, which will start at Horsforth School, going along Town Street, Hall Lane and into the park.

Leeds City Pipe Band will lead the parade, which will see schoolchildren donning fancy dress in a bid to win a prize.

The Horsforth Gala Queen and Lawnswood Air Cadets will also join the line-up.

Once the parade arrives at Hall Park, the gala will officially start, which includes a family fairground, bouncy castles and children’s activities.

Organiser and councillor Dawn Collins (Cons, Horsforth) said: “The Horsforth Gala has been going for many years now.

“At Horsforth Museum there is evidence that it started in the 1880s. It’s quite a big tradition.

“This is the biggest one so far. We have got more schools involved and more stalls as well – it seems to be getting bigger every year.

“It takes up a lot of my time but when you see how many youngsters get a thrill out of it, it makes it all worthwhile.

“In my childhood it was events like this that I remember, so it’s giving youngsters the same memories.”

Coun Collins added: “We have a record number of stalls this year, with tombolas, book stalls, charities and professional market stalls selling sweets, jewellery and handicrafts.”

An arena will also be set up at the park, with performances by local dance troupes, gymnastics clubs and a professional dog display team throughout the afternoon.

The gala runs from 12pm to 5pm tomorrow (June 28).

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