Fun, caving, bingo and even the Murray match at Lightcliffe Gala

Lightcliffe Cricket Club Gala. Brian Powe, Bruce Lunn, Simon Patchell and Chris Dyer.
Lightcliffe Cricket Club Gala. Brian Powe, Bruce Lunn, Simon Patchell and Chris Dyer.

Heavy downpours could not stop crowds of people turning out to enjoy a host of attractions and delights at this year’s Lightcliffe Gala.

There were stacks of stalls, rides and games providing fun and entertainment for all the family at the event at Lightcliffe Cricket Club.

Michael Brooke, from the club, said numbers were likely to be down on last year but there had still been a lot of people coming through the gates.

He added the poor weather had meant the gala could have been cancelled.

“It was a fantastic day and although it was touch and go at one point with the weather forecast, the show still went on,” he said.

“We had a downpour as the gates opened but it cleared up and people stayed until early evening.

“It was a complete success and the money raised from the day will go to the club for the junior section.

“We would like to thank everybody that came and the sponsors from the local business that donated prizes.

“Without their help and support we would be struggling to get lots of prizes for the raffle.”

He added his thanks to Stev Hartley, chairman of the gala committee, and the committee itself for all the hard work that had been carried out.

The talented dancers from Dorothy Stevens School and Lightcliffe CE Primary School’s choir had to cancel their performances at the gala because of the rain. 
But favourites like the bouncy castle, slides, coconut shy, bottle stall, penalty shoot out, tombola and golf pitching were a great success. 
The Wimbledon final was aired in the gala beer tent so that tennis fans did not the miss the Andy Murray and Roger Federer showdown.
There were also cries of ‘house’ as people enjoyed games of bingo.
Other attractions included a cave to explore, brought by ROKT Climbing gym and a new addition to this year’s gala line-up - go-karts. Organisers said both proved a huge success and drew in large crowds.