Ingleton gets ready for village gala

Isobel Morphet (centre), 2013's Gala Queen, with some of her attendants.
Isobel Morphet (centre), 2013's Gala Queen, with some of her attendants.

Preparations have been under way for some months as Ingleton’s community approaches this Saturday, the date set for this year’s gala.

Isobel Morphet, 2013’s Gala Queen, is a pupil at the local Ingleton Primary School and her attendants are Libby Tatham, Martha Rigby, Isabel Lowis, Milly Boyles Read, Charlotte Eynon, Milly Davis and page boys Antony Hastie and Edward Steele.

Their families have been busily organising their gala outfits and decorations for the float and they are looking forward to joining the procession around the village to the gala field.

As usual fancy dress judging will begin at noon on Ingleton Primary School’s field.

Everyone is invited to take part and there are lots of categories available and prizes up for grabs, plus entry is free.

After judging has taken place, entrants are invited to join the procession which leads off at 12.15pm to the gala field and all those taking part gain free entry onto the field too.

They anticipate that there may be a royal flavour to entries this year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, and with news of a royal baby being so imminent.

There will be road closures taking place from 12.15pm until 1pm and motorists are advised to rearrange their journey during this time as the parade moves along Low Demesne,

Burnmoor Crescent, up Backgate and down the High Street. For more information about the route and timings of the parade, please visit the Gala’s website, www.ingletongala.org.uk.

Burneside Brass Band will be leading the parade this year, and throughout the day there will be displays from RSCDS Scottish Dancers, Zannas Dancers, Garstang Gymnastic Display Team and a Kite Display by DH of Kendal.

Activities include fun sports, egg throwing, pony rides, Escapes air bag (bring your own bike and helmet), and lots more.

The Ingleborough mountain races set off at 3pm for seniors and 3.15pm for juniors.

During the gala evening there are two events taking place at Ingleborough Community Centre.

From 7pm there is a children’s disco and entertainment with Mr Bubble, and from 8.30pm live music is provided by band Ulpha 590, alongside a disco and barbecue.

Tickets for all events and the raffle, which includes prizes kindly donated by local businesses, are available in advance from the community centre on 015242 41049 and will be available on the day.

More information is provided on the gala website at www.ingletongala.org.uk.