Well, the weather was certainly kind to the Parkinson’s Park’s 2021 Children’s Gala. Glorious, warm, sunshine brought out the crowds ready to have fun, picnic, and just go for a Sunday saunter. More than one person commented that it was such a pleasure to see so many people enjoying the sunshine, fun and games, and to bump into so many people they knew.

Guiseley Brass Band entertaining visitors

This year was a little different with an orienteering Space Trail, devised by David Alcock with a map, and a bag of space goodies. Meanwhile, Guiseley Brass Band* took a couple of turns sandwiching ‘have a go‘ Circus Skill performances by Pete’s Suitcase Circus.

(*We found out this year that in 1936 the band led by Whybert Stevenson, father of the current leader Roy Stevenson, was provided with new instruments by Frank Parkinson – this was also the same year that F & A Parkinson acquired the fields to make the Park for Crompton Parkinson. The band was formed in 1870 by Sir Matthew Thompson of Parkgate, who had helped fund Guiseley Town Hall in 1867.)

Pete teaching circus skills

Crafts of one kind or another were on full display, from a craft tent painting stones and making rockets by Daisy Croft Crafts, to face painting by Emma, and baked space buns by Claremont Cakery: even the celebration tree and benches was decorated with knitted rockets, and stars by crafty Friends.

There was also some very ‘traditional’ fun to be had as parents and children put each other in the stocks for a soaking – but that was almost a pleasure on such a hot day

Mrs Sally West gets a soaking from her family – husband included !!

Numerous raffle prizes were available to be won, and thanks must go to raffle donors – Harewood House, Wetherby Whaler, Bramble Bakehouse, Daisy Croft Crafts and others. Thanks, must also go to all everyone who organized and publicised the event, especially Chris Parapia, and everyone who was involved in manning the stalls, and getting the Park spick and span ready for the Gala, including Litter Free Guiseley. It was indeed a lovely way to end Summer and the Friends look forward to welcoming everyone again in 2022.

Pictures by Liakat Parapia, President, Aireborough Camera Club

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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