Shine on! Thousands at the sunshine gala

Hot work: Charlie and Daisy Poulton cool off
Hot work: Charlie and Daisy Poulton cool off

THE SUN shone over Shelf on Saturday as the crowds came out in force for the gala.

Hundreds of people lined the streets as the parade led by pipers from the West Yorkshire Fire Service band left Interface, off Halifax Road.

It wound its way through the village before the floats, fund-raisers and the gala queen party arrived at Shelf Hall Park.

Eleven-year-old Emma Senior, a pupil of St Michael and All Angel’s Primary School, was gala queen at the 52nd Shelf gala with attendant Ruby Aaron.

Several thousand people packed the gala field, where as well as all the fun of the fairground rides, music was provided by Psycho Slinkies and the fire service pipe band.

Entertainment in the arena came from the Imperial Crusaders, as well a karate demonstration.

There were dozens of charity stalls to look round, a Punch and Judy show and the popular beer and tea tents.

A football competition was also held between local primary schools.

Charlotte Wells, from the organising committee, said: “It went really well.

“There were lots of people and a great atmosphere. People really seemed to enjoy themselves.”