Great family fun day is planned for gala ...

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THE arena and stage are full, the field is getting packed, the procession is the longest it has been in recent year’s, now all the organisers of Brighouse Charity Gala need is the weather.

Over the last 12 months organisers have been planning one of the biggest event’s in the town and this Saturday the wait will finally be over as the crowds make their way to Wellholme Park for a fun packed day.

The layout for the gala field 2012

The layout for the gala field 2012

Chairman of the committee, Peter Charles, said it was looking as though it was going to be a big gala. “There is a lot of variety this year and of course a full arena programme and stage. The gala queen, Emilie Large, will open the event at 2pm and this year at the end of the opening ceremony, president of Brighouse Rotary, Jenny Redfearn, will present a cheque for more than £4,000 raised from the Navigation Walk for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

“It is planning to be a good day and I would encourage people to come down and have fun and spend their money and help those who can’t help themselves.”

Tickets are now on sale from the caravan outside Wilkinson’s and various shops in the town centre who are displaying the gala poster.

Prior to the day tickets cost £1.50, and on the day entrance charge is £2, under 16s are free. Tickets for the duck race are £1 and there are three cash prizes up for grabs.

The procession will kick start the day’s festivities at Garden Road, Brighouse, led by Emilie and her attendant Georgina Thornton. Anyone taking part in the procession is asked to be ready to set off at 1pm. The route will go along Garden Road, Lightcliffe Road, Waterloo Road, Halifax Road and through the town centre to Bradford Road.

Crowds should gather along the route to watch the procession make its way to the field.

The Brighouse Echo will be holding its annual fancy dress competition. There are three classes this year - children up to three, four to seven and eight and over. There will be an overall winner. Anyone wishing to take part should gather with their parent or guardian at the top of Lane Head recreation ground, near to the changing rooms, from 12.15pm onwards.

In the field there will be Think Bikes, a mountain bike stunt display team, and Asda Active that will be running various sport events, in the front of the park near the playing area.

Old favourites such as the Dog Companion Show, duck race, ducking stool, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe art display, donkey rides and Calderdale College’s mobile cave will be attending.

In the arena there will be zumba dancing, Diamond Gymnastics display, Brighouse Star Twirlers, Cheervision Yorkshire and Thornbury ACF Drums Platoon.

On the stage there is the Heavy Arts Theatre School, the Time Travellers, Lumieres Academies Theatre School and Jubilee Gospel Choir.

The field is expected to be full of various stalls and games including the Brighouse Echo which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. There will be a goodie bag with every paper sold and the penalty shoot out game. There will also be 500 Panini London Olympic Trading Cards to giveaway.