All set for a golden gala year

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier - By Felic­ity Mac­na­mara

Or­gan­is­ers of the 50th Brighouse Char­ity Gala are promis­ing this year’s an­niver­sary event will be one of the best ever.

There will be some­thing for all the fam­ily to en­joy on Satur­day when the gala re­turns for another year.

The day will kick off at 12pm when the vi­brant gala pro­ces­sion be­gins its jour­ney from Gar­den Road to Well­holme Park, the site of the gala.

From Gar­den Road, the pro­ces­sion will go down Light­cliffe Road, Hal­i­fax Road, into Brighouse town cen­tre along Com­m­mer­i­cal Street, along Bradford Road and into the park.

And in a spe­cial 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, Judy Pilling, the first ever gala queen, will ride in the pro­ces­sion along­side last year’s queen Paige Rod­er­ick and this year’s gala queen Imo­gen Turner.

Pres­i­dent Jean Ain­ley, a life­long stal­wart of the gala, has worked tire­lessly to find more than a dozen past gala queens, who will take part in this year’s open­ing cer­e­mony.

The pro­ces­sion will also in­clude the Brighouse Star Twirlers, Scouts and Guides, the Hal­i­fax Bruis­ing Ban­di­tas Roller Derby team, Light­clife Preschool, the Hip­per­holme and Light­cliffe Nurs­ery and more.

The Mayor of Calderdale Lisa Lam­bert will also ap­pear in the pro­ces­sion along­side the West York­shire Po­lice Band, the Hud­der­s­field Brass Band and the Eclipse Band, who will all ap­pear in the arena.

Mon­i­tor­ing the pro­ces­sion will be Hud­der­s­field 59 Squadron Air Cadets and the West York­shire 4 x 4 team.

In the arena, the Tigers Chil­dren’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Dis­play Team will re­turn for another year as will the Di­a­mond Gym­nas­tics Club and the Brighouse Star Twirlers.

There will be plenty of op­por­tu­nity to show off pam­pered pooches at the Com­pan­ion Dog Show and the day will also in­clude mini go-karts, don­key rides, model train rides, Punch and Judy, a fair­ground and char­ity stalls.

And tak­ing to the stage will be the Clifton and Light­cliffe Brass Band, who took part in the first ever gala in 1965, and they will be sup­ported on stage by The Lit­tle Jazz Funk Or­ches­tra.

Imo­gen Turner, 16, the Brighouse Gala Queen for 2015

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