Hoping for sun to shine on gala

The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, with pupils at Bilton Grange School.
The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Nick Brown, with pupils at Bilton Grange School.

Last year’s Bilton Gala. Picture by Adrian Murray.

After being postponed in May because of poor ground conditions, the fun community event will take place at Richard Taylor Primary School on Sunday July 22.

Heavy rain at the end of April left the school field waterlogged and meant that it could not be used for the event on the early May bank holiday.

Stuart Frost, chairman of the Bilton Gala committee, said: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone through the gates on Sunday.

“Like our visitors, we were really disappointed that it couldn’t go ahead as planned in May.

“We’re so grateful to the community, stallholders and entertainment providers for their support, understanding and patience since then.

“If the weather forecast is right, we’ll be able to enjoy some sunshine, so please come and join us for another fantastic Bilton Gala.”

Entertainment at this year’s event will include ‘Mr Showtime’ Steve Colley with his stunt show and bird of prey displays in the main arena.

Meanwhile, the committee are continuing to help good causes through the Bilton Community Fund with £500 donated to local charity Open Country which helps people with disabilities to access the countryside.

Gates to Bilton Gala open at 11.30am on Sunday, with entry costing £2 per adult and 50p per child under 16 years old.

More information about Bilton Gala and the Bilton Community Fund at www.biltongala.org.uk