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Keighley Gala boss in plea for more helpers ahead of Sunday’s extravaganza.
Keighley Gala bosses have made an eleventh hour plea to townspeople ahead of Sunday’s extravaganza.
Chairman, Andrew Jackson, said volunteers are still needed to help with marshalling.
And he urges the public to turn out in force for the annual charity event, whose main beneficiary is Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice Manorlands.
“Everything is in place and we have some volunteer marshals but not enough,” he said.
“We’ve done what we can to put on a gala that the town will be proud of, but we do need the support.”
The gala – which has been switched to a Sunday partly to try and attract more people – will begin in Town Hall Square with the crowning of the gala queen, Samantha Hudson, at 12.30pm. She will be attended by princess Gemma Marshall, junior queen Kira-Alliece Southgate Enright, pageboy Simon Hudson and rosebud Lara Southgate Enright. Music will be provided by Eclipse, a New Orleans-style jazz band.
The procession will assemble from 11.30am and leave Spring Gardens Lane at 1.25pm, making its way through the town to Victoria Park along a new route (see map).
It will be led by the penny wagon and Eclipse, while others taking part will include gala queens, cheerleaders, theatre and arts groups, vintage buses, the Territorial Army, the police museum’s horse-drawn black maria and fancy dress contestants, who can enter on the day.
There will be a huge range of attractions at the park, many on the theme A Day At The Seaside.
In addition to the funfair – open today until Monday – Marshall’s will provide a beach, donkey rides, Punch and Judy, a magician and children’s TV characters Sponge-bob, Hello Kitty and Ben 10.
Panache cheerleaders will perform after the procession arrives.
There will be a dog show, sponsored by Just 4 Paws and Cobbydog, at 2.30pm, with entries – costing 50p – taken from 2pm. Classes will range from handsomest dog and waggiest tail to best fancy dress and best in show. There will also be an agility course for dogs and their owners.
A bonny baby competition is being held at 3.30pm, with categories up to three-year-olds. Entries open at 2.30pm. Everyone will receive a certificate and there will be a trophy for the overall winner.
Other activities include a pool tournament, ducking stool, charity stalls, face painting and games, and ice creams will be available.
The day is due to culminate with live music from 7pm, but this is dependent on staff and equipment.
Call 07804 131406 if you can help.
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