Storming success - but no rain in sight

Just one of the stalls at Chapletown Gala
Just one of the stalls at Chapletown Gala
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Glorious sunshine made for one of the most successful galas in the history of Chapeltown - and plans are already underway for more community events.

Organisers breathed a sigh of relief when warm weather brought hundreds of people out of their houses and into the park for the annual event.

And for the first time this year, the addition of a bustling craft fair in Newton Hall provided the perfect place for gala-goers to cool off.

It was a far cry from last year’s downpours which cast a cloud over activities.

Everything from boxing to karate displays were on offer as the park was transformed into a hive of activity.

A cavalcade and vintage vehicle display also proved a star attraction with those who attended.

After such a successful day, Ecclesfield Parish Council, Friends of Chapeltown Park and Chapeltown Forum, who worked together on the event, are busy planning the next big event.

Traders who took part in the Newton Hall sale have already made enquiries about the Christmas fair and there is even talk of resurrecting the annual horticultural show.

John Housley, chairman of Ecclesfield Parish Council and a member of Chapeltown Forum, said: “It’s impossible to say how many people came as there was a steady stream all day, but the footfall was excellent.

“We were on tenterhooks worrying about rain weeks before, then we were worried the hot weather would put people off coming.

“The groups worked really well together and we’re looking at linking up in a lot more of what we do in the future.”

The community will reap the rewards of the gala, as cash collected from table rentals in Newton Hall will go back into community coffers - funding new and improved festive decorations for this year’s Christmas celebrations in Chapeltown.

Proceeds raised from the activities in the park will be donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.