Community comes together for annual gala and procession of floats

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HUNDREDS flocked to an annual community gala - making it one of the best in years.

Residents lined the streets of Beighton to cheer on the festival parade as it made its way through the village.

Fairground fun at Beighton Gala

Fairground fun at Beighton Gala

Beighton Princess for 2011 was Ellie Brooke Mason, eight, a pupil at Reignhead Primary School. She was joined on the float by attendants Jaime Louise Chalack, seven, a pupil at Brook House Junior School, and Megan Davison, eight, who also attends Reignhead.

Ellie’s mum Clare and dad Daryl said: “She looks beautiful on the float in her dress and we’re so proud of her.”

Members of the Stepping Out Dance School based in Beighton joined the procession, some with poms-poms.

Other floats were themed around sealife, and cowboys and Indians, while belly dancers from the Zubaidah school showed off their exotic moves and members of the local Rainbows who wore dog costumes they had made themselves.

Among them was Holly Straw, six, whose dad Martin and older brother Daniel, eight, turned out to watch.

Martin said: “She was very excited to be taking part and it’s been nice to follow the procession around the village watching out for her. It’s a great event, it’s nice to have something positive to bring everyone together.”

Alyson Crane turned out for the occasion with granddaughter Laylha, three.

The 52-year-old said: “The floats are really impressive.

“There’s a lot of people out and about too and that’s really good. I’ve been to this for the past couple of years and this one seems the best one yet. It’s lovely to get everyone together with the kids.”

Nicola Pilkington from Swallownest had taken children Billy, five, and Freya, two, along with niece Ellie, 11. She said: “I used to come to this as a child so it’s nice to bring them back.”

Billy said he was looking forward to having a go on the hook-a-duck, adding: “I’m hoping to get a really good prize!”

Queuing up to have a butterfly design painted on her face was Maddison Pearson, four, with grandma Nichola, 40.

She said: “The weather’s nice, there’s plenty for the kids, and it’s a nice day out for the family and the whole community - it’s great.”