What a great success! The Kirkheaton Scouts & Guides, Yetton Together and the combined Churches worked together to bring about a wonderful weekend of activities(11th and 12th June) in Kirkheaton to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
On Saturday you could visit two beautiful open gardens at 22 (Eric) and 28 Lane Side (Sarah & Ray Brown).
At 28 the smell of cooking sausage and beef burgers lingered in the air to draw you to the centre of a most wonderful garden – complete with summer house, swing, and children’s games amongst trailing wisteria.
At 22 you could enjoy outstanding views and enjoy coffee and cake.
Saturday afternoon saw the United Reform Church hosting a tea party for the more senior of our community. What a splendid time they had with traditional sandwiches, cream scones and even a birthday cake especially for her Majesty. Candles were blow out by two of the most elderly at the party – both 99 years young. Flags were waved as everyone sang the old favourites – Keith Durkin’s rendition of Danny Boy brought tears to many an eye.
In the evening people enjoyed the Ceilidh hosted by St John’s with a live band and hot beef sandwiches (sop supper).
Sunday saw an early start with lots of hard work setting up the Gala Field, next to Kirkheaton Community Centre, but when the parade arrived, the stallholders were ready and the community entered the field it was all worthwhile. The Parade led by Vic, the Town Crier, followed by the Gala Queen Millie arrived with her three attendants, Melisa, Guide; Bella, Brownie; Ella, Rainbow in a vintage car kindly loaned by Cartwright’s Cars.
Crowning of the Gala Queen was by Wendy Gill, Assistant County Commissioner who was presented with a bouquet by two cubs.
Yetties Cafe inside the Community Centre was very busy and the Library Volunteers and Staff helped children to do craft activities within the Library.
Even though the weather was not kind to us we believe that people really enjoyed the spirit of the Gala. They were entertained throughout the day by Huddersfield Crusaders – Majorettes; Huddersfield Rock Choir and Grange Moor Brass Band. Thanks to Richard Tree, the Volunteer DJ who kept the proceedings going.
A big thank you to all the Leaders, Sponsors, Volunteers and Stallholders and a great big thank you to the Gala Committee for such a wonderful achievement and for the great support, as always, that our small village give to us.
(Details re fund raising to be published at a later date)
To see more photos of the celebrations visit http://www.markflynnphotography.com/kirheatongala2016