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VIDEO: Sunshine attracts record numbers to Sheffield gala

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A scorching summer’s day brought people out in their thousands for a day of family fun at an annual Sheffield village gala.

Beighton Gala began with a traditional parade through the village led by the Beighton princess.

Saturday’s spectacle featured a number of decorative floats which arrived at Beighton Welfare Recreation Ground in time for the start of the gala.

Julie Edmonds, one of the gala’s organisers, said the glorious weather had attracted record numbers.

She said: “More than 10,000 visitors came to the gala which is fantastic – we could not have wished for better weather.

“There has been a gala on the field since 1906 and we are trying hard to keep that tradition going as a village so it was great to see so many people turning out to enjoy and support the event.

“The best thing about the gala for me is seeing locals meet up with people they’ve not seen in ages – it’s a real community event.”

Numerous stalls, rides and attractions filled the field providing fun for all ages.

More than 50 charities were also in attendance raising funds for a variety of good causes.

A host of entertainment included comedy circus acts, music by Woodhouse Brass Band, Punch and Judy shows, martial arts displays, dance performances, a dog show and princess arena run by Beighton-based Noodle Performance Arts.

Among the crowds was Anne Neville, from Beighton, who had come for a day of family fun with her daughter-in-law Sammy Travis and grandchildren Owen, seven, four-year-old Poppy, Laila, three, and one-year-old Pixie.

She said: “We enjoy the gala and there was fabulous weather for it. We watched the parade set off from outside my house on Tynker Avenue and then went down to enjoy the gala. The little ones had their faces painted and now enjoyed the rides.”

 

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