THE weather didn’t dampen people’s spirits as they left Brighouse Charity Gala with that winning feeling.
The day was opened by Gala Queen Emilie Large who donned her wellies to take part in what she described as a “fantastic day”.
“I just wish I could have visited more stalls and had the chance to speak to more people but I think the rain ruined that because everytime it started I just ran to the Ladies Circle tent. I am glad I took my wellies though.
“I would like to thank Simply Flowers, Park Row Hairdressers and Brighouse Ladies Circle who helped both me and Georgina Thornton, my attendant to get ready before the event.
“It is a shame it rained. Some people went home to get dried off but most of them came back so hopefully people will still have raised a lot.
“I am available if anyone would like me to visit any groups or to open any events.”
Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Christine Beal said she had thoroughly enjoyed herself despite the downpours. “We have had a fantastic time. I think it is fantastic how people have come around and rallied despite the weather. And I have heard amazing comments from people who have never been before. It just seems to be going from strength to strength. It is brilliant to see Brighouse busy again. I am hoping it will be another record year as far as money raised for charity.”
Vicky Whittaker, marketing manager for ROKT, said they thought the gala was great although it did rain a little bit. “It has been great. The children have loved it so we are happy because the children are happy. It is our first year here and we will definitely be returning next year. We are a local business and we love supporting local events.”
Among some of the newcomers were Think Bikes. Managing director Andrew Miller said he thought the whole thing was brilliant. “We go to a lot of different festivals. Often they are a bit of a let down but here there is a nice mix if things and people seem to be enjoying themselves. I think we would come back again next year if we were invited because there is a great atmosphere.
“People seem to be reacting well to the bikes and the weather hasn’t affected us too badly we just have to alter our routine slightly.”
Alison Holmes returned for a second year with the mini go-karts. She said: “We haven’t been as busy as last year but we have had a queue nearly all day and all the children are enjoying it and coming on despite the rain.”
Brighouse Road Safety Committee reported a sell out with their treats. The committee was supported by Brighouse businesses ROKT, Artisan, Prego and other individual donations to supply treats for the children so they could get across their road safety message.
Chairwoman Ann Rutherford said: “I think we have had a brilliant day. We are just very grateful to all the businesses who have helped us. Including Tourer World who donated the caravan and Councillor Scott Benton who helped us to give them all out.”
The fun spread out across to the front of the field this year. Gabrielle Dennison from Asda Active said it had been a fantastic day.
“We have had a really successful day. We have been doing it all over the country but this is one of the biggest.
“When it started raining it was a big of a panic but we got through it. We have been encouraging children to get active and brought in local clubs and groups they could join.
“It is our most successful events we have had. It is the perfect setting and we have had a lot of children. Everyone is enthusiastic.”