THE crowds turned out at Foster Park on Saturday (July 7) to enjoy Denholme Gala, despite a little competition from the football.

The gala was on the same day as England's World Cup quarter final against Sweden, but was attended by a decent crowd until the match began.

Margaret Birch, chairman of Denholme Gala Committee, said: "It went really well. A lot of people disappeared to watch the football later, but some still stayed and the weather was excellent.

"The procession went from Ogden Lane to Foster Park and it was lovely. Winners of the walking float competition were Mini Creations Kids Art Club.

"We had loads of really nice stalls, a Rodeo Bull and an Ultimate Wipeout inflatable assault course which were very popular."

The gala was opened by Denholme mayor Councillor Steve Nunn. This year's gala queen was Armiani Ackroyd, who was joined by her attendants Shawnna Mangoma and Lola Hutchinson.

The event featured a classic car display, a tea tent run by Scouts, a fun dog show, old fashioned games organised by Denholme Youth Cafe, crazy golf and a fancy dress contest won by Jacob Ward, who dressed as a BBC reporter.

Children also entered a "Best Bug Hotel" contest and a "Best Fairy Garden Competition".

Mrs Birch added: "Every year we have a few more people coming along to the gala.

"We do have help to organise it, but we could always do with a bit more."

People interested in getting involved with staging the gala can get in touch with Mrs Birch by e-mailing