Plans are in full swing for this year’s Brighouse Charity Gala.
The procession is taking shape, bands have been confirmed, route and timings agreed. Attractions for the day are being arranged, and the Gala Queen has been selected.
The main change to proceedings is the start time for the procession. Groups and individuals taking part should meet at Garden Road at noon on Saturday, June 29, which is one hour earlier than previous years and should hit Brighouse town centre just after 12.30pm. The gates to the park will open at noon. The fancy dress entrants should assemble near the park in lane Head at 11.30am.
Anyone on floats should go to Brow Mills in Brighouse Road, Hipperholme, opposite Crosslee, for 11am. The floats will be setting off from there and will merge with the rest of the procession including walking groups and band members who will be in Garden Road. Procession chairman Bob Parker they was only a small number of floats and anyone interested should call him on 01484 388596.
Organisers of the event are urging parents to drop their children off at Garden Road and park elsewhere if they wish to stop. And thanks to Dews in Halifax last year’s Gala Queen Emilie Large and her special guest Ruby Hunt to the field.
Emilie said she has known Ruby all her life and wanted to do something to cheer her up. “When she was diagnosed with cancer it shocked a lot of people and I just wanted to do something to cheer her up. She is so excited about the event and has already got her dress. We will be going round on the day with buckets to raise money for Candlelighters so I would urge people to empty their pockets on gala day.”
The star act in the arena this year is a falconry display by Falconry Life Display, they have just moved to Shelf and will have a static display as well as two spots in the arena.
The Cheervision Yorkshire troop start off the arena programme and there will be displays from Diamond Gymnastic group and Brighouse Star Twirlers. There will be performances from the Eclipse band and a new breakaway group Diamond Divas who promise more acrobatic displays.
There will be various bands performing including The Unknown, Taming Rayner, Lumieres Academies Theatre School, Oliver Stock and Outsiders. There will be the usual attractions returning again this year including the Companion Dog Show, duck race, donkey rides, fairground, punch and judy, mini go-karts, ducking stool, Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Art Society Display, Sky roadshow and display and the Brighouse Echo penalty shoot out.
Chairman of the committee, Peter Charles, said: “All in all the plans are really coming together. It is looking to be a great day out although we can’t predict the weather. If anybody has a stall on the field they must be set up by noon and any vehicles that are not stopping on the field should be off by then. There will be an open meeting for all groups attending the gala to attend and get the final briefing on Monday, June 24, at 8pm at Hove Edge Bowling Club.”