Community gala could be the last

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ONE of Sheffield’s traditional community galas takes place on Sunday - and organisers are warning it could be the last.

After 28 years, Ecclesfield Gala is in danger of folding because of a shortage of volunteers.

The event is being staged in Ecclesfield Park from noon to 5pm, and once again will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s event generated £9,000 for the charity and more than £100,000 has been raised over the years.

Gala organiser Michael Whiting said: “Ecclesfield Gala is much more than fundraising event. Over the last 28 years it has become an established event in Ecclesfield’s calendar providing a day of family fun and entertainment which brings the whole community together. It is something we are all proud of.

“But many of the team who organise the event are not getting any younger and we need new people to join the team and help us to keep this event alive. We need people to help organise different areas of the event – from running Macmillan stalls, getting prizes to organising the actual event itself. It is extremely rewarding and we would welcome anybody who would like to become a member of the gala team.”

Entertainment on Sunday includes the Fleur de Lys majorettes, a dog show, Phoenix falconry display, martial arts, an RAF air cadets band, classic cars and lorries, stalls and children’s sports.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Sheffield,said: “Ecclesfield Gala is one of our biggest events of the year in Sheffield. The funds raised at last year’s event alone would pay for over 400 hours of local nursing care which would help thousands of local people affected by cancer. This event is so important to helping Macmillan in Sheffield, so if anyone is interested in getting involved in the 2013 event, please get in touch as we really need your help to carry on this amazing event.” Contact Rob Turner on 07545 419 725 or