A COMMUNITY is being urged to rally round to save a popular gala.

Organisers warn that without more support, Riddlesden Gala won't go ahead this year.

A 'make or break' meeting is being held in the village on Saturday (February 17).

Anyone wanting to help keep the event running is encouraged to go along.

The meeting takes place at Riddlesden United Reformed Church, in Bar Lane, between 11am and noon. Refreshments will be available.

Emma Groves-Jones, for the gala, says: "Currently we have just three people to run the event, so it will not happen without more support.

"We need people willing to help with the preparations and on gala day itself, and with publicity, plus entertainment.

"It's impossible to stage the event without our community.

"Everyone will be made very welcome at the meeting."

Last year's gala, the 38th, was hailed as a success.

Crowds turned out in force for the event, which began with a procession that set off from the Marquis of Granby pub and made its way through the village to the gala field, at Riddlesden St Mary's Primary School.

Amongst those in the parade were Haworth Brass Band, members of Riddlesden's Girlguiding and Scout movements, dance groups and children from the primary school.

There was a wide range of attractions at the gala field, and funds raised went to Keighley Imagination Library.

Over the years, Riddlesden Gala – which successfully returned in 2022 after an enforced break due to the pandemic – has supported numerous good causes, including Hainworth food bank and Martin House children’s hospice.