Everyone’s a winner!

Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.'Overall winner of the fancy dress competition Isaac Holroyd-Craven, one, with mum Jay Holroyd.
Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.'Overall winner of the fancy dress competition Isaac Holroyd-Craven, one, with mum Jay Holroyd.

EVERYONE had that winning feeling at Brighouse Charity Gala.

Organisers of the annual event are confident that the money raised will mean an even bigger contribution to charities throughout the area thanks to the generosity and support shown at the event.

Gala queen Robyn Park-Ward, said it had been fantastic day. “It was better than I imagined. Quite a few people I knew came along which was great. I also enjoyed the pampering we got before the event.

Brighouse Ladies’ Circle members would like to thank Park Row hairdressers, Just Beauty and Simply Flowers who volunteered their services to help make Robyn and her attendant, Emilie Large, look their most glamorous on the day before travelling down in style.

Calder Valley MP, Craig Whittaker said there had been a great turnout to what was a fantastic event.

“It is good to see all the charities doing well and the crowds of people out supporting this event. I have had a steady flow of people talking to me at my mobile MP surgery,” he said.

Vice-chair of Brighouse Road Safety Committee, Pat Oates, said they had completely run out of leaflets, balloons and stickers which they had been handing out within an hour of it opening.

“We have had a very good reaction from people. It has been a great afternoon,”she said.

Geoff Holmes, who ran the mini go-karts from Southowram, was attending the gala for the first time.

“We have been trying for a number of years to come to the gala but it has always been fully booked. It was a good day and we were busy.”

Les Whiteley was running the Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers steam train ride. “We were very busy,” he said. “And we handed out a lot of leaflets which advertise when our open days are. The response has been very good for us so we are pleased we returned after a short spell away.”

Among one of the many attractions was the long established fancy dress competition which this year attracted some outstanding entries.

Echo staff had some tough decisions to make to select a winner of the event sponsored by the newspaper but prizes were awarded to Billy Hartley, aged 12, who won the eight and over category dressed as an Oxo cube, brother and sister, Kaitlin and Bobby Clay who were crowned the winners of the four to seven category. Kaitlin, aged five was dressed as Jasmin from Aladdin and Bobby, three, was Spartacus. This was the second year the siblings have entered the competition.

Winner of the three and under section was Isaac Holroyd-Craven. The 19-month-old came as Noah sailing his ark. He was also presented with the Donna Reaney trophy as the overall winner.

Isaac’s mum, Jay Holroyd, said it had taken two days to build the ark.

“It’s made from a large box which I build around Isaac’s pram pram and the off cuts made the roof. The animals are just on paper which I stuck on to cardboard and drawn on with permanent marker and bits of paint,” said Jay. “I love entering. I did A-level art so it’s an excuse to be creative!”