Sun-day gala is a scorcher

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CROWDS came from far and wide to enjoy the many attractions on offer at Lightcliffe’s sun-baked Sunday gala at the weekend.

Organisers said it had been a record day with an increase in numbers and profits recorded at the popular event at Lightcliffe Cricket Club.

There was an array of stalls, rides and games providing entertainment for the whole family. The coconut shy also had a record day along with the beer tent and Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers who were providing steam train rides for youngsters.

There was entertainment from Lightcliffe CE Primary school’s choir and swing band and the nearby Dorothy Stevens School of Dance.

Michael Brooke, from Lightcliffe Cricket Club, said it had been an unbelievable day.

“Everyone at the club is absolutely delighted with the response and thanks should go to everyone who attended and sponsored the event and to everyone that helped out on the day particularly the gala committee which was led by Steve Hartley,” he said.

“The crowds of people were constant all day and the event went on into the early evening. All the stalls were well supported and the tea rooms was packed with people enjoying the pavilion with our award winning teas.

“The weather was kind and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. A lot of people were from Lightcliffe but we have quite a few now coming from the wider area who have been before and return year after year. We had some new faces at this year’s event so hopefully they enjoyed it so much they will return next year.”

He said Chris Taylor was on the microphone throughout the day for the first time and people were saying what a great job he was doing.

Rail company Grand Central sponsored the event for the second year and provided the first prize in the raffle - a free first class return train journey to London for four people which has been claimed.

“I would like to thank everyone who gave prizes for the raffle, the local companies, businesses and individuals who give us their continued support,” said Michael.