Singing, dancing and playing in the rain for gala

Middlestown and Overton Village Gala - Molly Holden. (W558J321)
Middlestown and Overton Village Gala - Molly Holden. (W558J321)

Irish dancers swapped their traditional pumps for wellies during a soggy Middlestown and Overton Gala.

Despite the rain, hundreds of people still made the effort to attend the annual event, which raised more than £2,600 for local good causes.

Middlestown and Overton Village Gala - Emily Holden. (W558H321)

Middlestown and Overton Village Gala - Emily Holden. (W558H321)

Community and dance groups paraded from Middlestown J&I School on floats through the streets to Denby Grange Cricket Field in Overton, on Saturday.

The gala was opened by Wakefield Trinity Wildcats players Oliver Wilkes and Paul Aiton, mascot Daddy Cool and Gala King Jack Balmforth, nine, and queen Amber Beaumont, five.

The afternoon’s entertainment then kick started with a display from Macadaim School of Irish Dancing who performed in their wellies.

They were followed by a police dog display, majorettes, zumba dancing and live music from Horbury Brass Band and The Trap Town Ramblers.

Middlestown and Overton Village Gala - Max Taylor. (W558G321)

Middlestown and Overton Village Gala - Max Taylor. (W558G321)

Organiser Kath Turner said: “Gala spirits were not dampened by the rain.

“A police dog team put on a fabulous display and brought two fluffy little pups to meet the children, who named the dogs Wesley and Winnie.

“Punch and Judy kept the kids entertained while the adults took part in the live auction raising almost £400 bidding for prizes ranging from a six feet pink snake to Wildcats goodies and family train tickets.

“We raised an amazing £2,616 on the Saturday, which considering the weather, is absolutely wonderful. Money will be distributed to various groups within the community.

“A huge thank you to everyone who donated some really special prizes this year and to all those hardy folk who came out to support us on the day.”

The Village Grand Gala Bake Off was won by Sandy Smith, while Will Smith was closest in the guess the weight of the cake competition. The chocolate cake weighed 6lb 13oz.

Mark Lawson and Harvey Suffield won the fancy dress competition, Ross Whittel was champion in the welly wanging competition and Carol Hargreaves won Daisy the doll by correctly guessing its name.