Video: Hundreds enjoy Colne Gala

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Colne to enjoy soaring temperatures and a fabulous day of entertainment at this year’s Colne Gala.

The popular annual event, which included a procession and an array of entertainment, has been described as “amazing” by organisers.

The procession makes its way up Albert Road.

The procession makes its way up Albert Road.

Coun. Neil Butterworth said: “Because of the weather people came out in force. We had a fire stunt spectacular this year, which went down really well. Helen Green Academy of Dance were fantastic as well.”

And chairman of Colne Gala Gary Seed added: “Thanks to the good weather and varied entertainment, we had a great day at the gala - some great acts, bands, dancers and Colne’s Got Talent finals.

“We are all looking forward to next year where we hope to attract more entrants into the procession and expand the entertainment at the gala building upon the momentum we already have for this free family fun day.

“The fire brigade were on strike on Saturday so couldn’t attend the procession, and we would like to thank Macadam of Colne for stepping in and providing vehicles for the front and rear of the procession at such short notice.

“We would also like to thank Chris, Jack and Aaron for providing the horse and trailer for the 2014 Gala Queen and Princess [Carrie-Ann Seed and Natasha Seed] and hope to see them and more in next year’s procession.”

Earlier this year, there were fears the procession was in “serious danger” after a road closure order was turned down.

But it was later decided police would maintain their presence at the procession as a “gesture of goodwill”.

Mr Seed added: “The procession went off without a hitch with just one PC officer in attendance to close the road followed by our stewards doing the rest. Looks like the procession will be safe for the future.”

Don’t miss this week’s Colne Times for gala results.