OAKWORTH Gala has been hailed a success.

Organisers said crowds turned out in large numbers to watch the procession and enjoy a wide range of attractions on the gala field – despite the event clashing with England's football World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.

"We were very pleased with the turnout," said Oakworth Village Society secretary, Mrs Janet Armstrong.

"It was a nice procession. A lot of people came along to watch and many stayed on at the gala field.

"Of course we had lovely weather too.

"We'd like to thank everyone who supported the event and I personally also wish to pay tribute to all the people who worked so hard to put everything together.

"Thanks also to the Keighley & District Scout Service Team, the police and St John Ambulance, who looked after all the safety elements of the day."

The procession set off as normal from Windsor Road, led by the City of Bradford Pipe Band.

It was followed by Oakworth Gala Queen Brooke Lee and her attendants Eilise Mayor and Aimee Bilbrough.

The retiring Queen and her retinue, and Silsden's Gala Queen and attendants, were present too.

The procession also included the village primary school's cheerleaders, the pre-school, uniformed groups, Hi Energy Dance and ShowKids.

There was a vintage coach – carrying guests including the Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Zafar Ali, town mayor Councillor Fulzar Ahmed, MP John Grogan and village society president John Sugden – and classic cars.

The Haworth and Worth Valley fire cadets took part, plus Keighley College and Keighley Musical Theatre Company.

Attractions at the school playing field included an array of stalls and games, the pipe band played and there were displays from the cheerleaders, ShowKids and Hi Energy Dance.

And activities culminated with fun races for children of all ages.

"There was a lot going on at the field and many people stayed well into the afternoon," said Mrs Armstrong.

"It was a very successful day."