Parade a pageant of colour

Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.'Brighouse Central Scouts Cubs.
Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.'Brighouse Central Scouts Cubs.

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Brighouse to see one of the biggest Brighouse Charity Gala processions for years.

Community groups, businesses, schools and bands made this year’s parade bigger and better than ever.

Crowds lined the route and joined in the carnival atmosphere as they were entertained from Garden Road to Wellholme Park.

The 5th Halifax and Elland Boy’s Brigade Old Boy’s band got proceedings underway followed by last year’s Queen Jasmin Smith and this year’s Robyn Park-Ward and her attendant Emilie Large in stylish open top sport cars.

The Echo fancy dress competition entries were next in line.

There was no shortage of music to keep people tapping their feet and clapping their hands as the Eclipse New Orleans Parade band, Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble and Calderdale Community church all brought their unique styles to the party.

Brighouse Star Twirlers showcased their talents along with the Rastrick Crickettes and the Diamonds Gymnastics display squad who showed off their athletic ability performing trampoline flips along the route.

Nurseries, playgroups and schools were well represented and brought plenty of colour to the parade as Willows Day Nursery, Clifton Village Nursery, Fun House at Castlefields, Mill Cottage Montessori School and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nursery all took part.

Calderdale Downs Syndrome branch enjoyed a pot of tea on their journey with their mad hatter’s tea party float and Calderdale NAS Autistic Association, Calderdale Vets, Calderdale Community Transport and Anchor Trust were also there on the day.

The Central Brighouse Scouts were in perfect formation with their Red Arrow display while the Beavers wore eye-catching home made masks. Brighouse guides also had a camping themed float.

Sport groups were represented with Clifton Rangers having two floats and Halifax Synchro Swimming Club joined in as one of the walking groups.

Rescue services were also there with vehicles from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 4x4 team and Brighouse fire service making the line up along with members of Huddersfield Air Cadets.

Procession organiser Bob Parker said the parade had been a great success and everything had run smoothly.

“We have had some good feedback already from everyone involved and how the parade was one of the biggest for years,” he said.

“The bands and groups always comment about how they always like to come here because it is always busy and they get a good reception.

“There were also a good number of floats which was great to see.”

Results: Float organisations - 1. Calderdale Downs Syndrome Association’s Mad Hatter’s tea party. 2. Anchor Trust and DJ Vinyl Richie.

Walking groups -1. Brighouse Central Scouts/cubs Red Arrow team. 2.Castlefield Fun House

Youth groups - 1. Clifton Rangers Under 7s/8s Win the World Cup. 2. Brighouse guide Association camping.