Splashing, dancing and loads of sunny fun

Slip, sliding away: having fun at the village gala are Amy Fearnley, six and Harriet Hankinson, five
Slip, sliding away: having fun at the village gala are Amy Fearnley, six and Harriet Hankinson, five

COLOURFUL games, rides and a procession of floats were enjoyed by masses in Ripponden for the annual May Day Gala.

The parade left The Besom pub on Oldham Road and marched through the streets, lined with villagers, before arriving at Mill Fold Park.

Nine floats were created for the procession, with first prize awarded to a royal wedding-themed creation by Toy Box pre-school in Rishworth.

Second prize went to Ripponden pre-school’s cartoon character float and third place went to another royal wedding-themed float by Ripponden Brownies.

Entertainment on Mill Fold Park included Ripponden FUDC cheerleaders and Ryburn Longswords as well as a marching band, dancers and inflatable slides, cups and saucers and a train.

Calderdale councillor Geraldine Carter (Con, Ryburn) said: “Everyone’s having a great day and the weather has been fine for us. The winning float had a William and Kate on a big artic, which was brilliant.”

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