The day the whole town turned out for a pa­rade full of fun and cel­e­bra­tion

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Nostalgia -

ORM­SKIRK Gala Day was held dur­ing each Au­gust for many years. The or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee started through­out the sum­mer months with sev­eral com­mit­tees set up to en­sure the smooth run­ning of this pop­u­lar event.

Mr J.J. Balm­forth, the iron­mon­ger of Aughton Street, presided over the Gen­eral com­mit­tee, an En­ter­tain­ment Com­mit­tee made sure that a cir­cus was booked and all nec­es­sary plans were put in place to ac­com­mo­date the Cir­cus in the Gala Pa­rade be­fore set­ting up on the Victoria Plea­sure Grounds.

The Pro­ces­sion and Turnouts Com­mit­tee set about or­gan­is­ing the or­der of the pa­rade to in­clude Trades­men and Farm­ers Turnouts, a wagon or cart pulled by a team of heavy or work­ing horses, dec­o­rated ac­cord­ing to that year’s theme.

The wag­ons were then judged in a se­ries of classes with an en­try fee of be­tween 1s and £1. The win­ners were awarded prize money for first, sec­ond and third places rang­ing from £1 to £5 de­pend­ing on the class.

En­tries were lim­ited to Master Trades­men liv­ing within a one­mile ra­dius of the Mar­ket Cross and all other en­tries could be from within a six-mile ra­dius of the Cross.

This was to al­low en­tries from ten­ants from sur­round­ing farms to en­ter their own turnouts or dec­o­rate a cart for the Tableau pro­ces­sion.

Apart from the cash, spe­cial prizes were awarded by com­mit­tee mem­bers and town busi­nesses: Mr J.J. Balm­forth, pre­sented a pair of carvers val­ued at 21s to the win­ner of the Trades­man’s Master Class for Heavy Horse Turnouts; Mr James Arnold Wil­liams, pro­vi­sion dealer, of 31 Burscough Street, promised a prize val­ued at 21s for the win­ner of the Sin­gle Heavy Horse Turnout; Wil­liam Gil­bert, draper of 10 Moor Street, also promised a 21s prize to the win­ner of the most hu­mor­ous float or tableau.

There was also a ‘fancy dress on a quadruped’ cat­e­gory for both adults and chil­dren and a bi­cy­cle fancy dress pa­rade with a baby show held in the Corn Ex­change.

The whole town turned out for the pa­rade with all the all busi­ness premises along the main streets be­ing elab­o­rately dec­o­rated for the event.

The win­ner of the chil­dren’s fancy dress on a quadruped was a young man named Thomas Hough (1895 – 1985) who is shown in the pic­ture dressed as Charge of The Light Brigade sur­vivor Sgt Ma­jor James Ikin Nun­ner­ley, who had a gen­tle­man’s out­fit­ters, at 27 Moor Street.

The photo was taken at the rear of the Queens Head Ho­tel, Moor Street on the day of the Gala.

Thomas is wear­ing a minia­ture uni­form of the 17th Lancers.

Thomas is also wear­ing Nun­ner­ley’s medals.

The photos be­long to Thomas Hough’s son-in-law Bob Han­ley.

Thomas Hough with Charge of the Light Brigade sur­vivor Sgt Ma­jor James Ikin Nun­ner­ley

Thou­sands took to the streets of Orm­skirk ev­ery Au­gust, for the town’s Gala Day

Win­ner of the ‘chil­dren’s fancy dress on a quadruped’ Thomas Hough

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.