Mytholmyroyd Gala: All you need is a jolly good brolly

Rebecca Allinson and Brooke Jones at Mytholmroyd Gala.
Rebecca Allinson and Brooke Jones at Mytholmroyd Gala.
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A STRING of celebrity guests and a giant conga helped make this year’s Mytholmroyd Charity Gala one of the best.

Despite predicted bad weather, thousands flocked to White House Holme Park.

Chairman of the gala committee Barry Greenwood said: “The comments that we’re getting is that it was the best gala for years.

“It was fantastic. We didn’t expect the numbers we had because it was such a bad day.”

Mr Greenwood said he believed many of the crowd were drawn by the special guests, who included Dene Michael from pop act Black Lace, who organised a conga around the gala field.

Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard, officially opened the event and there were performances from Bonnie from X-Factor and Katrina from Stars in Their Eyes.

The gala was kick-started with the procession of brightly-coloured floats and costumes.

Led by Hebden Bridge Band, the parade weaved its way from Orchard Industrial Estate along Cragg Road and Burnley Road to the gala field, where gala queen Zoe Glover was crowned by retiring queen Robyn Laker.

There was a host of attractions for visitors to enjoy, including the Pendle Dog Agility display team, Merlin’s Magic, Bradford Pipe Band, Hebden Bridge Band, Hebden Bridge Junior Band, and a Tai Kwon Do display team.

There were also roundabouts, fairground rides, a baby show and farmers’ market.

Mr Greenwood said: “I would like to thank Chris Chittell, Katrina, Bonnie, Dene Michael and Jane from Halifax Wedding Cars for providing their services for free.

“I also want to say a big thanks to all the committee members and those who helped to make it such a success.”