The gala is back in town

Flashback: Halifax Gala 2011
Flashback: Halifax Gala 2011

ORGANISERS are keeping their fingers crossed for fine weather and a fun-filled family day out for Saturday’s Halifax Jubilee Charity Gala.

Chairman Lee Gething said preparations had gone well.

“We’ve done very well this year with new sponsors and offers of support from local businesses,” he said.

“If the weather holds this should be a very successful, and profitable, gala for our 45 local good causes.”

Mr Gething said the support was invaluable and Copley Land Rover had loaned two fully branded Defenders for the preparation and set-up.

The procession will have 14 walking floats and 11 motorised - including an armoured personnel carrier.

The gala pulls in up to 15,000 visitors to Manor Heath and raises an average of £25,000.

Mr Gething said a flight simulator will be a new addition this year to the fairground.

There will also be a wheelchair basketball demonstration, and a variety of children’s games.

He said the marching boys’ brigade was always a popular feature of the procession and this year there will also be a demonstration by the marchers in Manor Heath.

For the first time in many years there is a sponsor for the baby show - Dondolare Children’s Shoes.

The gala was rebranded this year in support of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and while the committee would liked to have done more to mark the event, pressure of work prevented that.

A small band of volunteers organise the gala and expect to spend up to 36 hours each preparing, running and clearing up over the weekend.

They also meet once a month throughout the year to plan the event. Any local charity, youth group or voluntary organisation can apply to become a member and benefit from the gala.

More committee members would be welcomed and anyone wishing to get involved can make contact via the web.

Gala ticket prices are £2 or £1 (adults) if bought in advance from outlets supporting the gala. Children’s entry is £1 and U-5s free.