Gala promises a bumper procession

Flashback: Halifax Charity Gala procession
Flashback: Halifax Charity Gala procession

HALIFAX Charity Gala organisers are finalising the biggest show in town which hits the streets on June 11.

A bumper procession will have at least 16 motorised floats on the route through the town centre to Manor Heath Park.

Many galas are cutting back on motorised floats due to tougher health and safety rules and Todmorden Carnival this week said it had dropped the floats from its parade this Saturday.

Halifax Gala chairman Lee Gething said its floats were insured by the organisations running them and the event itself was insured by Calderdale Council.

“The council and police are very supportive over health and safety issues,” he said.

“They tell us what to do to make the event safe.”

Procession marshall Lesley Mooney said there would also be 11 walking floats as well as bands, commercial entries.

“The take-up has been phenomenal,” she said.

“The amount of work involved in planning and organising the procession, including meetings with the police, council officials and traffic management companies is a lot of effort.

“There is immense satisfaction in knowing we have been able to make it possible for our charity entrants to showcase their hard work and provide entertainment.”

Last year’s street collection raised £2,158 and organisers are hoping to beat that total this year.

The procession starts from Eureka at 12.30 pm.