All Our Stories – Reviving the Annual Guiseley Children’s Gala

Children's Gala InvitationCrompton Parkinson’s held their first Children’s Gala in 1949 in the Park.   This became an annual event,  much loved and looked forward to by the children of staff, and local children lucky enough to be have tickets.   The last gala was held sometime in the 1990’s (does anyone remember the exact year?) .   The Friends of Parkinson’s Park are pleased to announce that in 2013, the Gala will be brought back to life – kindly funded by the Leeds Outer North West Area Committee, and Comic Relief Community Cash.

The Gala will be held on the 8th September 2013,  between 2 -4.30pm.   And will feature the type of events the old Gala’s had.  We have used the Wharfedale Observer as a source of information on past attractions; for example in 1953, there was a miniature railway, roundabout, Punch and Judy, magic show, donkey rides and races for the under and over 8’s, as well as a tennis tournament on the courts.    Sixty years later, in 2013 there will be:-

  • Dan Slater’s Magic Show
  • Punch and Judy
  • Fairground stalls, including a coconut shy, and roll a penny
  • Races
  • Craft activities run by the Methodist Church
  • Tug of War
  • Ian Dawes’ Subman

Guiseley Brass Band, and Otley Junior Brass Band will provide the music, and drinks will be on sale – bring your own picnic and chairs.

Help Required – The Friends are looking for a number of local people to help with reviving this much loved event,  which is being organized this year by Chris Parapia and her trusty sub-committee.   If you could spare some time to have fun and help with manning and putting up stalls, decorating the Park,  running some of the games and collecting litter at the end,  please could you email parkinsonspark@gmail. com,  or give Chris a call on 01943 877282.

Roundabout on the top field 1956 - source: Wharfedale Observer

Roundabout on the top field 1956 – source: Wharfedale Observer

Your Stories and Photographs – We would also like to hear your stories of going to the old Children’s Galas, (you can leave them on the site in the story area here ).  If you have copies of photographs taken at an event,  we would love to have those too (email as above).  Both stories and photos are for our Heritage Lottery Funded, BBC backed, All Our Stories, project – which will be telling the story of the Park through time, in a variety of booklets, leaflets, talks and information boards.  The purpose is to keep Guiseley’s history and time honoured character alive and relevant to new generations and new people to the area.

* Thank you to Graham Hogben for the first story.

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About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Vice Chairlady of Friends of Parkinson's Park, and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Day job - is a Business Analyst running Mutual Marketing, a customer service research, training and advisory business.
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