A grand day out for all

Brighouse Charity Gala 2012. Queen Emilie Large and attendant Georgina Thornton
Brighouse Charity Gala 2012. Queen Emilie Large and attendant Georgina Thornton

CROWDS flocked in their thousands to Wellholme Park for this year’s Brighouse Charity Gala.

And although figures are slightly down compared to last year the day was hailed a huge success.

Grounds chairman Peter Edwards said the exact amount was not clear as yet because they had a Brighouse Echo grant to include and money from Asda.

“The problem was the weather. It just got us at the wrong time. The black cloud appeared just as people were coming into the park and as they had watched the procession come along Commercial Street. I think many just thought they would go home.

“We are happy with how things went. Diamond Gymnastic display, and Cheervision Yorkshire couldn’t perform in the arena because it was too wet. The Heavy Arts Theatre School had pulled out before the event but they were covered by The Time Travellers on the stage. I know ROKT had to stop their activities for a short period of time too because of the rain.

“We also had a few problems with the marquee for the stage which did blow up just before the opening ceremony but we soon got that under control. The wagons from the procession were also given some assistance by West Yorkshire 4x4 volunteers to get off the field.”

Peter said he wanted to thank Marshalls who did provide the ten lorries for the procession free of charge.

“Overall it was a success. The dog show was the best we have ever had and they were extremely happy with their location and Sky Roadshow that attended for the first time was a success,” he said.

“We were disappointed with the weather but generally the feedback was good and everyone is happy enough to come again next year.

“There was another shower at about 4.30pm so I think most people left soon after.

“We had great help from a man, who I think was connected to Brighouse Scouts and his van, who cleared the field and he has volunteered again to help us next year which is fantastic.”

All the money raised from the event will be donated to the charities that attended.