Pageant of colour as town celebrates gala day

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COMMUNITY groups, businesses, schools, and bands made this year’s parade a pageant of colour.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Brighouse to see one of the biggest Brighouse Charity Gala processions for years.

The vibrant floats and walking groups created a carnival atmosphere as the crowds were entertained along the route from Garden Road to Wellholme Park in Bradford Road.

Led by Gala Queen Emilie Large and her attendant Georgina Thornton in a stylish open top sports car, the procession made its way through the town, as they waved and smiled in the glorious sunshine.

There was no shortage of music provided by the three bands, the 5th Halifax (Elland) Company, The Boys’ Brigade, the Eclipse New Orleans Parade band and the Yorkshire Army Cadet Force Band.

The Echo fancy dress competition entries also played an important role as they made their way to the field carrying buckets for people to drop their lose change into.

It was due to this important role that Kaitlin Clay was awarded the Donna Reaney trophy after her extreme efforts, filling her bucket several times.

There was no shortage of floats in this year’s procession. There was a record number thanks to Marshalls who provided the wagons and drivers.

Among them were Brighouse Juniors, Anchor Trust, Clifton Rangers, Brighouse Guides, Bridge End Nursery and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nursery.

Showcasing their talents along the route was Brighouse Star Twirlers as well as cheerleaders from Yorkshire Cheervision.

Making sure they all got noticed was the many walking groups. Members of the Stroke Association were brightly coloured and handed out balloons to the many youngsters watching on.

There was Lightcliffe Pre-school and Clifton Village Nursery, Willows Day Nursery and Castlefields Pre-school. Calderdale National Autistic Society, Overgate Hospice, Friends of Highbury, Brighouse Heartbeat group and Limelight Zumba were also in attendance.

BSkyB were there for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, along with Lumineres Performing Arts, AD Hewitts, Brighouse Central Scouts, Jonathan Handyperson service, Dickies Tools and Mill Cottage Montessori School.

The Calderdale Downs Syndrome branch made their usual effort and the police provided support.

Rescue services were there with vehicles from West Yorkshire 4x4 Volunteers and Brighouse Fire Service making the line up.

Spectators said it was a fantastic parade and one of the best they had seen.

The procession reached the field as the downpours began.

Results: Walking groups - 1. Brighouse Scouts, 2. Friends of Highbury, 3. Stroke Association.

Youth organisations - 1. Brighouse Juniors, 2. Anchor Trust, 3. Clifton Rangers.

Organisations - 1, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nursery, 2. Bridge End Nursery.