Plans are taking shape for Wilsden children’s gala

First published in News

Plans are well in hand for this year’s newly-revived Wilsden Children’s Gala.

A committee of residents has already spent several months planning the July 20 event.

A gala queen and retinue were selected during a disco night in the village last month.

All but a handful of the 31 stalls have been booked for the gala, which will be at the cricket field.

The gala committee has now started an appeal for a company to sponsor the event.

The committee was formed last summer following the cancellation of Wilsden Gala twice in the previous three years.

The committee now has a busy Facebook page, where it posts regular updates. This can be found by typing ‘Wilsden Village Gala’ into Facebook.

Wilsden Children’s Gala was originally run to raise money for the village hall, and at its height attracted up to 1,000 people.

The event was run by a gala committee until 2011, then a lack of volunteers led to it being cancelled.

Wilsden’s Advance Church took over the successful 1950s-themed event in 2012, but last year a lack of volunteers once again scuppered plans.

Wilsden resident Lisa Firth started last summer’s campaign to revive the gala, attracting ten people to the first meeting and several others interested in volunteering.

A spokesman said: “The last gala committee meeting confirmed final site plans, and the order of events is coming together nicely.

“We now need a big push for programme advertising and sponsorship for the event before the closing date of May 31.”

E-mail lisa@lisafirth for details.

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