Fantastic Horsforth Gala despite cloudy skies

Wharfedale Observer: MP Stuart Andrew and historian and author Mark Saville at the 2014 Horsforth Gala. MP Stuart Andrew and historian and author Mark Saville at the 2014 Horsforth Gala.

Children and centenarians alike turned out to enjoy the 2014 Guiseley Carnival.

Crowds lined the streets to cheer on a colourful parade of decorated walkers and open-top cars, including one carrying Carnival Queen Kimberley Boyle, on Sunday, June 29,

With the centenary of World War One forming the theme this year, Guiseley Infant and Nursery School chose a poppy display for its procession entry.

The event was also attended by a number of current and ex-servicemen - including one, sporting a beret and a string of medals, who was in his 100th year.

The carnival field, meanwhile, was busy as residents and visitors turned up to check out the games, stalls and music after Yeadon fundraising stalwart Winnie Brown had officially opened proceedings.

Carnival committee member Candy Gable said: "It was an absolutely great day, we were lucky the weather was so nice and we had lots of people turn out.

"We are also delighted to have raised £2,241 which will help pay for the town's senior citizens' annual day out in August, when six coaches will take them to Southport."

Guiseley Senior Citizens Association, which organises the carnival, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Overcast skies failed to stop Horsforth enjoying a "fantastic" Gala last weekend.

A record number of local schools and pre-schools took part in this year's parade, with Broadgate Lane Primary winning the fancy dress competition for their We Remember themed entry.

Led by the City of Leeds Pipe Band, the colourful procession made its way from Horsforth School through Town Street and into Hall Park, where a show by H&M Dog Displays proved one of the highlights.

Horsforth Gala is run entirely by a small team of volunteers, and committee chairman Dawn Collins was delighted to see it well supported on Saturday, June 28.

She said: "We had a fantastic day. Despite the grey sky the rain stayed away and I think everyone who attended had a great time.

"We had seven schools and pre-schools enter the parade and fancy dress competition this year, and our Gala Queen, Taryn Leigh Noutch, did a wonderful job waving to everyone as she headed up the parade in a McLaren sports car

that a local company had lent us.

"She then helped with the judging of the competition and did an excellent job - we were very proud of her.

"H&M Dog Displays have appeared at Crufts in the past and thoroughly enthralled the crowd that gathered to see them in the arena.

"Davey Briggs Fun Fair, which has been coming to the gala for more than 30 years now, attended again and Davey is a great guy to have on board as his fairground is designed for the kiddies rather than adults, and he makes a very

generous contribution to our event every year.

"Our organising team is very small but they all deserve a huge pat on the back - Nicky Tinsley organised the parade, Alan Grey put all of the posters out and laid out the whole event in the park, and Neil Hunt organised all of the

equipment and acts in the arena and on the stage."

Horsforth historian Mark Saville, meanwhile, was at the gala to unveil his new commemorative book about local men and women who served during the First World War.

Horsforth: The Great War features eyewitness accounts and has been produced as the key part of a £15,000 National Lottery project to mark the centenary of the conflict.

MP Stuart Andrew (Con, Pudsey) was among those who stopped by the Royal British Legion and Air Cadets stall to meet the author and buy a copy.

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