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Children’s Gala is back playing in Guiseley's Parkinson's Park
9:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Local news
A Guiseley park held its first Children’s Gala in more than two decades thanks to a group which was set up to bring it back into public use.
The Friends of Parkinson’s Park built a bridge from the past to the future earlier this month as the traditional Children’s Gala was re-launched.
Organisers say they were aiming to revive a Guiseley tradition that has left generations of locals with happy childhood memories. Crompton Parkinson's started the annual gala in the late 1940s, after local businessman and philanthropist Frank Parkinson left money to be spent on social activities for the factory employees and their families.
The factory was pulled down in 2006 – and five years later The Friends of Parkinson’s Park was formed to save the land from becoming a wilderness.
The group also aimed to re-launch the children’s galas – which they did in style, with an event featuring a magic act, Punch and Judy, face-painting, and music from Guiseley Brass Band, along with fairground stalls and games.
Local organisations, and individuals, joined together with organisers Chris Parapia, Barbara Winfield, Andrea Fletcher, and the Friends to make the event a success.