Colne Gala - picture special

A SUPER time was had by all at Colne Gala and the rain, which had threatened to put a dampener on the proceedings, cleared to the relief of organisers.

Revellers lined the streets to watch the traditional procession make its way through the centre of Colne, and followed on to Holt House playing fields to enjoy the stalls, games and displays.

Haurel and Lardy entertain the crowds on the field. A180611/1n

Haurel and Lardy entertain the crowds on the field. A180611/1n

Gala committee secretary Mr Donald Leaver said: “It went very well. There was a bit of drizzle during the procession but apart from that the weather stayed fine for us.

“We were pleased with the turnout this year. We reckon about 1,000 people attending which was very encouraging. The Haurel and Lardy comedy act was back by popular demand and I think it was particularly well received.”

Party-goers were also treated to entertainment from live bands, majorettes and a the Colne’s Got Talent finalists.

The proceeds raised from the Gala will go to the Tom Petty Foundation which was set up in memory of Tom Petty (25), Jessica Foxley (21) and Philip Wright (25) who died in a car accident in 2009.

Voluntary groups, businesses, schools and individuals across Pendle were involved in the preparations for Gala day, helping to decorate floats, run stalls and promote the event.

The committee is always looking for new members to help share all of the work that goes into staging such a big event.

Originally known as Colne Carnival, the tradition began in 1958 and each subsequent year until 1978, when it was stopped due to lack of interest. After a two-year absence, it was reborn as Colne Gala in 1981 and has only missed a year since. Anyone who would like to join the committee to help make the next Colne Gala as excellent as this year’s can contact Mr Leaver on 861195.

Don’t miss today’s Leader-Times newspapers for results from the gala.