Gala smiles all round - despite the weather!

Crowds gathered at Market Street for the Halifax Gala procession
Crowds gathered at Market Street for the Halifax Gala procession
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ORGANISERS of the Halifax Jubilee Charity Gala thanked the crowds for turning out in their thousands despite the dismal weather.

Months’ of preparation culminated in a buzzing Manor Heath Park with attractions and stalls all doing good business.

Gala chairman Lee Gething said he was pleased to see so many people turn out on a grey and gloomy day.

“It was a lot busier than I thought it might have been in the morning. The rain stopped just at the right time,” he said.

“And, we had something for everybody on the gala field - everybody we expected turned up.”

Hundreds lined town centre streets to watch the procession leave Eureka car park for a tour of the town on route to Manor Heath.

Attractions on the gala field included games, music, fairground rides, face painting and gymnastic displays.

Viki Nixon, a fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Calderdale, said it was important its volunteers ran a stall to raise money and the Macmillan profile.

“There are a lot of cancer charities and it’s important for us to let people know there is a Macmillan unit on their doorstep here in Calderdale,” she said.

“The enthusiasm from people is great, the weather has not stopped the crowds.”

James Taylor-Smith, 15, a base drum player with the Halifax Boys’ Brigade, said it was great to play in front of a big audience.

“The gala gives us the chance to perform where there is a good atmosphere and that gives us good experience and confidence,” he said.

The Mayor of Calderdale Coun John Hardy said the organisers of the gala had done a marvellous job.

“And, the support from people who come out on a day like this is great,” he said.

Bruce and Valerie Gilbert, of Halifax, are gala regulars.

“The weather has been a bit disappointing but there have been plenty here having a good time,” he said.

“It’s good for Halifax and everybody benefits.”