Residents enter into spirit for Askern’s annual celebrations

Peace man: Janice and Howard Commell at Saturday's (4 June) Askern Gala.
Peace man: Janice and Howard Commell at Saturday's (4 June) Askern Gala.
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A DONCASTER town looked and sounded like an episode of Heartbeat as residents flocked to its annual gala.

Residents dressed up 1960s style after the decade which gave the world the Beatles and the miniskirt was selected as the theme.

Among those making a big effort and dressing up for the occasion were Askern town councillors Janice and Howard Connell.

Janet donned a 60s style miniskirt, while Howard put on a long wig, to look like Ozzie Osborne. And they impressed Janet Hewitt, one of the event organisers.

She said: “He was very convincing as Ozzie Osborne. He looked like there would be a great career for him as a rocker! There were some great entries in the fancy dress, and the best were a man dressed as Elvis and a lady who came wearing a hippie costume.”

There was also 60s music filling the air, with the Steve Love Band performing hits from that period from groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Other attractions during the day including raft racing on Askern Lake, a brass band, and the British skipping team, Jump Rope UK, who wore 60s style clothes to perform their routines.

There were also a host of stalls representing charities and local organisations.

Around 1,000 people turned out for the event.

Mrs Hewitt said: “We’ve had a Victorian theme for the event two or three times in the past, so we decided to do something else for a change, and we thought the 60s was quite distinctive.

“It was a good choice and I think it went down well. We might do it again next year, or we might decide on a completely different theme.”