Gala News 2009

Friday - set up day; the weather was torrential. The rain did not let up all day and the committee and volunteers were sensing moments of deja vu, after their previous year's experience. However, all forecasts for the weather on gala day were looking promising, and fingers were crossed for a brighter, drier day.

Saturday dawned, and the grey clouds were still present, as were a number of cloudbursts. However, the sun arrived at the same time as the entrants for the fancy dress classes, and from that moment on - the weather held - and spirits were high.

Once again, Ingleton's Community spirit was clearly demonstrated in a day that was full of fun, smiles, laughter and hugs.

The parade got underway promptly at 12.30pm and once it reached the gala field, the activities started in earnest, with an action-packed schedule of displays, sports and competitions.

Hannah Newbold, 2008's retiring Gala Queen was a great support to the newly crowned Gala Queen, Cora Staveley and both girls looked an absolute picture during the parade and crowning ceremony. (Their photograph can be seen on the 'home' page). Cora was attended by Megan Whitehead, Jasmine Gait, Charlotte Tracey, Bea Raymundo, Lucy Maxwell, Isobel Morphet and pageboy, Charlie Metcalfe. Their float was beautifully decorated thanks to the hard work of all their parents.

There were plenty of activities available throughout the day including displays by 'Kookaburra All Stars' from Staveley, 'Thornton Force BMX bikers', the very talented 'Astral Circus', local bands on the live music stage, Liz and Rosie's Dance Troupe, Scottish Dancers, etc.

Astral Circus - he's a one man wonder!

Along with the gala, Dave MacGonnigal hosted the Ingleborough Mountain Race. Every year the senior race to the summit of Ingleborough being a highlight of the day, and this year was no exception. Completing the course first was Kim Critchley of Kanvesmire Harriers in a highly respectable 50 minutes and 44 seconds.

Kim Critchley of Kanvesmire Harriers, winner of the Ingleborough Mountain Senior Race

After the full day of events, more fun was to be had during the family Gala night time event. The children were thoroughly entertained by the 'Up Your Sleeve' magic act, and music was provided for all by the legendary 'Big G'. The great weather continued into the night, and Ian Danskin of Pearsons Butchers and Bakers provided barbecue delights throughout the evening. As the daylight faded there was one extra treat in store for gala attendants. A host of chinese lanterns were set aglow on the gala field and were released into the night sky - all in all, the day was truly magical!

N.B. Fancy dress results coming soon..........................

Many thanks for the photographs provided by Dickon Siddall of DS Digital

2008 news available here



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