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Plans drawn up for new-look Keighley Gala
3:00pm Saturday 2nd February 2013 in News
Plans are well under way for this year’s new-look Keighley Gala - which will be held on Sunday, August 11.
The annual charity extravaganza is being shifted from its traditional early-July Saturday slot, in a bid to boost backing.
Chairman Andrew Jackson said the move would enable Marshall’s Funfair, a popular attraction at the event in Victoria Park, to provide increased support.
Also he hoped more people, previously unable to attend due to work, would get involved.
“Another factor for the date change is that - looking ahead to 2014 - our traditional spot would clash with the Tour de France coming through,” he added.
Attractions at this year’s gala will include a “beach” - courtesy of Marshall’s Funfair - for building sandcastles, donkey rides and Punch and Judy, and a dog show - sponsored by Cobbydog - which proved a huge success last year.
There will be a revamped procession.
In another break with tradition, gala bosses will announce ahead of the event those charitable groups to benefit from the proceeds.
Any groups wishing to apply for a share should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or join the “We Love Keighley Gala” Facebook group.
The gala committee would also like to hear from anyone willing to help with the event.