Ossett Gala celebrates silver jubilee

Ossett Gala held the front of the town hall.'w306n330
Ossett Gala held the front of the town hall.'w306n330

Ossett’s annual town gala reaches a special milestone today as it marks its silver jubilee.

It also marks the end of an era for its dedicated committee, who have organised the event for the final time this summer and will hand over the much-loved fun day to Building Ossett Better.

Stalls manager, John MacKail and secretary, Rachel MacKail, have been on the gala’s organising committe for a combined total of more than 25 years.

Mrs MacKail said: “It is time to hand it over now and let some fresh ideas come into place. We all helped 
to organise the event due to a desire to be involved in the community and everyone on the committee has had such fun over the years.

“We are very lucky that BOB have agreed to take it on.”

Other committee members include chairwoman Hilary Oxley, programme manager Graham Willis, treasurer Michael Hobbs, and organiser Janet Jagger.

The 25th gala will see performances from line dancers, cheerleaders and orchestras when it takes place on Saturday. A mini fun-fair will be on hand for young thrill seekers along with donkey rides, and a host of games and activities.

Rows of stalls will line the town precinct and Wakefield Geranium and Fuchsia Society will also stage their 37th annual show in the main room of the Town Hall.

The event has been organised by the gala committee in conjunction with Building Ossett Better and has been sponsored by Ossett Tyre House, for the 11th year.

It will take place from 10am until 4pm.