EAST Morton Gala struck a chord with villagers.

Music through the Decades was the theme for Sunday’s extravaganza.

And people turned out in strength to give their support.

The event began as normal with a procession, led by City of Leeds Pipe Band.

Others in the parade included local brass band First Blast, fancy dress entrants, toddlers, the pre-school, East Morton Primary School pupils, St Luke’s Church choir and uniformed groups.

They made their way through the village to the gala field, where the event was officially opened by Gala Queen Amelia Goldstein, 13, a pupil at Bingley Grammar School.

Her attendants were Esther Tennant, Ella Bastow, Annie Richardson and Alice Bateman.

There was a prize presentation to the fancy dress and float winners.

A huge range of activities took place at the field.

There was a host of stalls and games, sand art, face painting and archery.

The pipe band played, Jennifer’s DanceKool performed, there was a Jiu Jitsu demonstration, a ‘terminator torment’ and bungee run, dog and baby competitions and a two-mile fell race, which was won by county U17 champion Eric Beaumont.

East Morton Primary School’s junior choir entertained.

And a highlight was a fly-past by a Lancaster bomber.

Plenty of food and drinks were on offer, including a barbecue, bar, ice creams, teas and cakes.

The event also featured a raffle and the afternoon culminated with children’s races and an egg-throwing competition.

Gala chairman, Kirstie Talbot, said she was delighted with the public’s response to the day.

“We had a really good turnout – it was very busy along the procession route and on the field,” she added.

“The procession covered many eras and a lot of work had gone into the fancy dress.

“I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who came along and to all those who helped – without their support the event wouldn’t happen.”

Fancy dress winners were the Rainbows in the group section, Ruby Boocock-Wilson in the U7s and Corrine Moore and Rose Senior in the over-eights.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Embrace charity and village causes.