Halifax Gala is almost upon us

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There’s just one day left to wait before the annual Halifax Charity Gala comes to town.

Tomorrow’s event - which is returning to Manor Heath Park - is now in its 56th year with all sorts of entertainment lined up.

The crowd enjoy action in the main arena at the Halifax Gala, Manor Heath, Halifax

The crowd enjoy action in the main arena at the Halifax Gala, Manor Heath, Halifax

The day will begin with the traditional procession through Halifax, starting at the Eureka car park at 12.30pm and passing through the town centre before coming to a finish at Manor Heath Road around an hour later.

This year’s grand procession will have a number of local businesses taking part with floats - something that’s not happened for a long time.

Lee Gething, Gala chairman said: “It’s great news that we are starting to get local businesses interested in the procession again.

“It’s great to bring back a commercial category, something we thought had been lost for good.”

The Gala committee has been working extremely hard to ensure this year’s event is bigger than ever, and while the usual attractions will be there such as charity stalls, go karts and fairground rides, there will be some special stunts from a mountain bike display team following last year’s Olympic success from the British cycling team.

The Mayor of Calderdale will as usual officially open the Gala, followed by a prize presentation to the winner of the West Yorkshire Fire Service Safe and SoundArt competition - which has seen children from 13 primary schools from across Calderdale take part in designing a safety information poster.

And be sure not to miss out on joining the Courier team who will be making the day all the more special with our very own football competition offering footy fanatics the chance to get in the paper.