It doesn’t get better than this!

Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.'Attendant Emilie Large, Gala Queen Robyn Park-Ward and last year's queen Jasmin Smith
Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.'Attendant Emilie Large, Gala Queen Robyn Park-Ward and last year's queen Jasmin Smith

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

And early figures show that the number of people who attended is up compared to last year’s event which was deemed one of the most successful to date.

The only slight worry was the weather foreceast which suggested showers but they stayed away leaving galagoers to enjopy the many atrcations on offer.

From go-karts to steam trains, cave-crawling to art exhibitions and donkey rides to Punch and Judy there was something for everyone.

Some old favourites returned including the ducking stool and there was a wide range of stalls serving refreshments throughout the day.

Gala Chairman Phil Poole said it had been the best gala he could remember.

“I have had so many complimentary remarks from visitors and only one complaint from someone who joked there was a queue for everything,” he said.

“Numbers are up on last year which I wouldn’t have thought possible after last year’s success. We sold the same number of tickets in advance and the number paying on the day increased.”

He said ticket price had gone up this year but that was down to the running costs of the gala itself going up. “Because we were putting on so much music we had to get a licence and the cost of hiring the field had gone up and St John’s Ambulance had also gone up. It was little things like that that meant we had to increase the price,” he said.

“All in all it was a pretty good day. We have some small issues which need to be resolved before for next year’s gala.

Most of the attractions were kept busy and there was non-stop entertainment on stage.

“Everyone left with a good feeling and smiles on their faces.

“I am very, very happy with how the day went.

“Planning for next year’s event has already started!”