ROLL UP, roll up, it’s time for Lees and Cross Roads Village Gala!

Villagers adopted a circus theme for this year’s popular family event in the twin village.

As usual there was a procession up Halifax Road and along Haworth Road to the gala field at Lees Primary School.

The award-winning Revolution band led the parade from the starting point of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The gala king and queen Oliver Battle and Tabby Atkinson opened the gala, along with their attendants chosen from Lees Primary School.

Taking part were children from the school, and members of groups including the local Rainbows and Scouts.

Many local children wore fancy dress on a circus theme, including a ringmaster, strongman and acrobat.

Bev Underwood, one of the volunteer organisers, said: “The weather was kind to us and everyone had a fantastic day.

“The turnout on the day was up on previous years. The money raised will be used to run next year’s gala.

“There was bouncy castle and slide, tombola, raffle and stalls run by local charitable organisations.

“The day ended with the tug-of-war between the local pubs, won by the ladies from Team A Bocking Club and the men from the B Team from Bocking Club.

“The Village Association would like to give a huge thanks to all our local businesses who generously contributed to our day.

“We could not manage to run the gala without their support and all the villagers who turned out to support the event.”