RIDDLESDEN Gala has been hailed as a success.

The procession, which last year was dropped for the first time in the event’s history, was back.

And crowds flocked to the grounds of the village primary school to enjoy a range of attractions.

Last year’s procession was axed when gala organisers were told that traffic management measures, potentially costing hundreds of pounds, would have to be deployed.

This time, the district’s Scout service team – which is accredited for road closure control – carried out the duties.

The parade was led by the City of Bradford Pipe Band and included Silsden All Stars majorettes, the Jamba Samba band and uniformed groups.

The bands and majorettes also entertained at the school field.

Other attractions included a Punch and Judy show with Keith Davies, a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, stalls – selling items such as cakes, books and big toys – a tombola, games, archery, a coconut shy, wet-sponge throwing and face painting.

There were drinks, ice creams and a barbecue, and the ever-popular tearoom once again operated inside the school.

Initial estimates are that yesterday's gala – the 35th – raised about £2,400, which is going towards the Keighley Scouts’ project to transform the former Riddlesden Golf Club into an activity and camping centre.

The total included £59 from a street collection.

Gala chairman, Geoffrey Baldwin, said: “The day went very well.

“The weather was good to us and we were pleased with the turnout. It was very busy at the gala field.

“Hopefully the amount raised will make a difference to the Scouts’ project.”

Mr Baldwin, who has announced he is relinquishing the chairmanship after 13 years and is stepping down from involvement in the event, said he was grateful to everyone for their support.

“I’d like to thank everybody who came along on Saturday and all those who helped out,” he said.

“I would also like to express my gratitude to people for their support over the years.

“I’ve been involved with the gala for a long time – I was treasurer before becoming chairman – and appreciate the support.”