Showers don’t stop the show in Brighouse

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DESPITE thundery showers and the odd flash of lightning the show still went on at Brighouse Charity Gala.

DESPITE thundery showers and the odd flash of lightning the show still went on at Brighouse Charity Gala.

Crowds flocked down to Wellholme Park to enjoy the many attractions on offer.

And there really was something for everyone from train rides to climbing caves and walls, strawberry teas to the dog show and fairground rides to donkey rides.

There was also a variety of stalls run by various charities throughout the borough that provided a wide range of games including frog in a bog.

The day started with the procession at Garden Road, Brighouse, where the sun was shining and groups were getting ready to wave and smile at the many who turned up to watch.

There were ten floats, kindly donated by Marshalls, three bands performing and a large number of walking groups who followed the route along Lightcliffe Road, Waterloo Road, Halifax Road, Commercial Street and on to Bradford Road towards the park.

The procession, led by gala queen Emilie Large and her attendant Georgina Thornton, took twice as long to make its way towards the park due to it being the longest procession to date.

The opening was performed by grounds chairman Peter Edwards before officially being opened by Emilie.

She said: “I am sorry about the weather but it least it held off until we got to the field.

“I would like to Park Road hairdressers for our hair and make up and Simply Flowers for the flowers and Brighouse Ladies’ Circle for running after us this morning and for making sure we were protected underneath umbrellas when all this rain came down.”

Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Christine Beal, who attended for the day with husband Peter, said: “It is my absolute pleasure and privilege to officially welcome you all here today to the fantastic Brighouse Charity Gala.

“What has the weather been doing to us this week but in true British spirit we are going to laugh in the sun and get our brollies out when it’s not