Champion dogs and classic cars at Sheffield gala

Ecclesfield Gala 2012 'Having fun on the big slide
Ecclesfield Gala 2012 'Having fun on the big slide
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OLD-FASHIONED fun was in full force as an area of Sheffield celebrated its annual gala.

The serene, green settings of Ecclesfield Park came alive with colour and activity as hundreds of families flocked to the event.

Festivities got underway with a Zumba display, complete with dancing from the Wakefield Majorettes. Crowds were kept entertained throughout the afternoon with martial art displays and belly-dancing at the heart of the gala ground.

With a display of classic cars, traditional games, children’s rides, crafts and refreshments, there was something for all generations to enjoy.

Youngsters tried their hand at hooking ducks and practised football skills with a penalty shoot-out, while parents browsed for bargains at the wealth of trade stalls selling crafts and local produce. Other popular attractions were the Phoenix falconry display and RAF air cadets band.

Local clubs and charities also used the gala to showcase themselves to members of the community. Scouts from the 25th Sheffield group even volunteered to be locked in the stocks and pelted with sponges in the name of fun.

Jacqueline Butler, 66, from Chapeltown, brought along three-year-old grandson Oliver for the day.

She said: “I come to this gala every year. It’s lovely to see the community getting together like this. It’s been a good turnout and there’s a good community spirit.

“I think it’s very important to support events like this because we should want to keep them going.”

Many a four-legged friend could be spotted among the crowds, as pet owners prepared their pooches for the yearly Companion Dog Show. A huge queue of revellers and their canine companions formed around the show ring for the hugely popular competition, judged by Terry Lunn.

This year, it was dedicated to the memory of organisers’ friend Lynda Dunn, who lost her battle with cancer last year at the age of 48.

Helen Peake, 21, travelled all the way from her home in Wakefield to show of her two-and-a-half year-old pug Cookie.

She said: “I came for the show and for the gala. It’s a really nice community event they have here.

“There’s a lot going on for everyone and it’s great for dogs. Everyone is very friendly.”

Proceeds from the event, now in its 28th year, go to Macmillan Cancer Support. The gala has raised more than £100,000 since it began.