Gisburn’s Lancashire gala ‘a reet good do!’

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate with Theo Windle (5), Inogen Nuttall (5) and Mia Oldroyd (4) who took part in the fancy dress competition at the Gisburn Gala.
The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate with Theo Windle (5), Inogen Nuttall (5) and Mia Oldroyd (4) who took part in the fancy dress competition at the Gisburn Gala.

Gisburn’s second annual village gala raised more than £1,700 to be split between Gisburn Festival Hall and Friends of Gisburn School.

Opened by Coun. Richard Sherras, the newly installed Mayor of Ribble Valley, the gala was held both at the school and the nearby Festival Hall and proved a great success. Coun. Sherras thanked the organisers for inviting him to open the show, noting that it was the second show after a 13 year gap and he looked forward to attending next year.

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate with headteacher Catherine Grimshaw and chair of Gisburn Festival Hall Giles Bridge look back at old photographs of Gisburn school.

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate with headteacher Catherine Grimshaw and chair of Gisburn Festival Hall Giles Bridge look back at old photographs of Gisburn school.

The theme of the Gala was Lancashire, which was reflected in entries to the children’s fancy dress competition and Produce Show. Winner of the Fancy Dress was Mia Oldroyd, who came as a pint-sized Hilda Ogden, complete with rollers.

Gala goers were entertained by Preston Music Centre Concert Band, who are directed by the school’s music teacher Neil Bird.

The produce show took place in the main hall of Gisburn Festival Hall and it was fitting that the first booking after the renovations to the hall was the Produce Show. For many visitors it was their first opportunity to see the hall since extensive wallinsulation, a new eco-friendly underfloor heating system and bamboo floor had been installed.

The winner of the best-in-show title carried on the Lancashire theme, with Becky Pilkington’s flower arrangement of a display of red roses set within a wooden clog. Best-in-show for children was 11-year-old Abi Frankland’s deliciously rich chocolate cake.

The rain stopped just before the show was due to start, enabling the sports afternoon to take place as planned on the school playing field.

Giles Bridge, chairman of the hall committee, expressed his thanks for all those who had helped to organise a fun-filled day.

“The standard of entries to the Produce Show was very high, the children in particular put in a lot of effort especially in the baking and craft categories,” he said.

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate with headteacher Catherine Grimshaw and chair of Gisburn Festival Hall Giles Bridge look back at old photographs of Gisburn school.

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate with Theo Windle (5), Imogen Nuttall (5) and Mia Oldroyd (4) who took part in the fancy dress competition at the Gisburn Gala.