Old and new faces at gala

Brighouse Charity Gala 2011'Crowds gather in the gala field
Brighouse Charity Gala 2011'Crowds gather in the gala field

VISITORS at this year’s Brighouse Charity Gala are in for a treat with a variety of attractions on offer.

Some old and new faces will be at the event held in Wellholme Park in Bradford Road on Saturday, June 30.

Among them is Think Bikes, a mountain bike stunt display team, that performs all around the UK. The riders will be performing at the side of the arena as well as running a series of handling workshops, teaching people of all ages and levels to handle their bikes better, or master some of the more advanced trials moves.

The event is set to be the biggest in the history of the gala. In fact, the event has proven to be so popular that activities will be taking place at the front of the field. Among them is Asda Active and their health initiative designed to get Britain moving.

The store will be offering families the chance to try out new sports which they can do in their local area that fit into their busy lives. The team has chosen Brighouse as one of their 20 community events around the UK.

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 attending on the day.

The fairground is back for another year at the top of the park, Punch and Judy and Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers are returning, along with the mini go-karts.

Sky roadshow will be promoting the gala, and Brighouse’s climbing firm, ROKT has agreed to take part. There will be a slack line for people to practise their balance.

The Brighouse Echo team will also be hosting a variety of events as part of the paper’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

In the arena 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 with local headteachers Peter O’Hare and Graeme Genty, Lumieres Academies Theatre School and Jubilee Gospel Choir.

The field is also expected to be full of various stalls and games.

Peter Edwards, grounds chairman, said the field was starting to get full and he encouraged anyone interested in taking part to get in touch as soon as possible.

“I honestly think it is the biggest gala we have ever put on. With Asda, the bikes, ROKT and Sky Roadshow, to name but a few, I can’t see what else I could put on. There is plenty going on. More than I have known before and I have been involved a long time.

“We have something for everyone and there is a great selection of food.”