That Was A Great Gala – by Chris Parapia

P1020674The sun shone, the crowds came and the band played on.  Friends of Parkinson’s Park Gala was truly a community event with lots of new residents to Guiseley coming along with their families and enjoying the community atmosphere.

The park was looking very festive with lots of stalls representing different aspects of Guiseley life, including Guiseley Baptist Church, Guiseley Methodist Church, Guiseley Brass Band, Aireborough Camera Club, Aireborough Historical Society and the Community Policing Team.

Thank you to Aireborough Extended Services forphoto 2 organizing the Community Games, and to Professor Dan for keeping the children enthralled with his Punch and Judy balloon modelling and magic show.  Also our thanks go to Ian Dawes from Subway who kindly sponsored the programme, and brough subman.

A wide range of goodies were available from Tods Treats and Marcus the ice cream man.
As well as a range of ‘produce’ on the manned stalls, buns and cakes, books and plants.

Thanks also to the help from local scouting organisations and the magnificent support from the Station Pub – Richard deserves a special mention for the huge effort he put in erecting the stalls.  Many people put in  hours of work before and after the event putting up and taking down stalls, putting up bunting, collecting litter, the photo 5list goes on of all those lovely folk who contributed to the day.

It felt like a real community event and that community spirit is alive and well in Guiseley.

There are still some raffle prizes outstanding so please check your tickets and collect your prize!

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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