Crowds flocked in their thousands to Wellholme Park for this year’s Brighouse Charity Gala.
The sun was shinning and people were smiling as they enjoyed countless hours of entertainment.
Early figures show that the number of people who attended is up compared to last year with £8,400 being taken on the gates, compared to last year’s £6,000. Every stall had massive queues throughout the day as people dug deep and gave generously to help the many charities on the field.
From go-karts to steam trains, cycling to art exhibitions and donkey rides to Punch and Judy there was something for everyone.
Some old favourites returned including the ducking stool and Pulse Radio who missed last year.
There was various games including Clifton Rangers with its penalty shoot out and archery. Brighouse Road Safety Committee was also there giving out balloons sponsored by Marshalls.
Brighouse Ladies’ Circle was offering strawberries and cream while raising money for one of its charity’s Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.
A police helicopter also did a fly past to wave to the crowds as it went by.
Young musicians on the stage were drawing in the crowds with many dancing in the park.
The arena again captured peoples attention including Falconry Show based in Yorkshire who attended for the first time.
Owner Kevin Ryan said: “It is an excellent show. The organisers are very helpful and the crowds of people seem to be having a fantastic time. We have had lots of questions, some which we have never heard before, and people generally seem interested.
“We would love to come back again next year. People can also come and visit us at Shibden Hall where we do learn and experience days.”
Gala Queen Georgina Thornton said it had been a fantastic day. “It has been amazing and such a good turnout. I have been talking to all the charities and mingling. It has been lovely, everyone is so nice. It is just nice to be a part of something like this.”
She said she was available to visit groups and would like to hear from people.
Brighouse Ladies’ Circle would like to thank Simply Flowers, Park Row Hairdressers and Eliza’s Flower Basket in Northowram did the attendants flowers. They would also like to thank Dews in Halifax who provided the car for last year’s queen Emilie Large and her special guest Ruby Hunt, who has recently had a transplant.
Grounds Chairman Peter Edwards said they had to turn people away the week before the event. “I still had people contacting me the week before to book places but we just couldn’t fit them in. We are happy with how things have gone.
“There was a variety of stalls and we always seem to get new people that attend every year. The weather was on our side so that helped to draw in the numbers.
“And because we started the procession an hour earlier people could come in at noon. I’m happy with it, everything has gone very well. I don’t think we have disappointed anyone.
“I think what made it so successful was that we aim it at families and it has become a big social event for people. They meet up with other families in the field and often see old friends, it’s lovely to watch.”
Two purses found on the gala field on Saturday and have now been handed in at Brighouse Police Station.