IT was a roaring success for Ackworth gala after community groups and charities raised a whopping £8,000.
A rainy run-up to the event last Saturday failed to put off festival organisers who forged ahead with the annual fair at Carr Bridge playing fields, with 32 local groups raising cash for good causes.
Olympic torchbearer Sue Marley MBE officially opened the festivities and helped judge a 1950s themed fancy dress competition.
Terry Hollyhead, parish councillor and chairman of the village events committee, said: “We were very fortunate that the weather held out and it was once again a very enjoyable and successful event.”
Gala queen Lily Scarr and her attendants Hannah Lawrence and Annabel Glancey travelled through the parade in vintage vehicles, followed by the Sealed Knot and representatives of community group.
Entertainment was provided by the Sealed Knot and the Ben Potter Bird Display Team then, in celebration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee, a concert followed the gala with more than 500 people entertained by various artists.
Coun Hollyhead thanked committee members, Coun Bill Storey, Terry Cutler and comperes Johnny “Mr Shoes” Evans, John Atha and parish council staff.