NEW volunteers are carrying a torch for Riddlesden Gala as it adopts an Olympic theme for this year’s event.

The gala on Saturday, June 13 will as usual begin with the procession setting off at 1pm and heading for Riddlesden St Mary’s School.

The gala will be the 37th held in Riddlesden, and is being organised by villagers who came forward when the long-established committee stood down last year.

The current committee is continuing to look for more volunteers to help with organisation over the next few months or lend a hand on the day.

Gala secretary Gill Bennison  said: “We are still a small committee but are making great progress in securing an exciting procession, entertainment entertainment and activities on the day.

There will be fairground rides, lots of activities and stalls, refreshments, home baked cakes and a café, and the Marquis of Granby pub is supporting us with a bar for the first time.

“The gala will continue to provide good community and family fun, raising funds for local charities."