It could only happen here.
Last year’s Beighton Gala was cancelled after weeks of miserable weather left conditions underfoot impossible, leaving the whole community disappointed.
This year the sun blazed down, the grass was tinder dry – and up to 7,000 people came out making the event one of the most successful in its history.
The Miners’ Welfare recreation ground was packed with more than 100 stalls and a host of events, while the traditional parade through the village beforehand had pavements packed. Highlights included the farewell performance by Tommy and Tilly Tomfoolery, a clown act which has delighted audiences for the last 25 years.
Local dance schools put on performances, the tug-of-war challenge drew the crowds with pub and club teams doing battle, while classic cars and birds of prey displays proved popular.
Ellen Higginbottom, one of the organisers, said: “It was a fantastic day, one of the best - though as it’s a free event we don’t know exactly how many people came through the gates. After we were rained off last year, we went from one extreme to another, and we think we provided a great family day out.
“People can come here without a penny in their pockets and still have a good afternoon. We rely on donations and the money the gala makes, and every penny is ploughed back into next year’s event.
“This year’s day cost £2,300 to put on, but we made all that back and more, so we have a good start towards putting on an even better show next time.”
A dog’s Flyball obstacle course team was one unusual attraction this year – taking part were Extreme Racers, the current UK and European Champions.
Owners were invited to let their own hounds tackle the course, although due to the heat most felt it was best to let sleeping dogs lie.