SLIDESHOW: Normanton Golden Jubilee Gala

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Dancers, musicians and sheepdogs all helped celebrate Normanton Gala’s 50th year.

Hundreds of families attended a weekend of free events at Haw Hill Park to mark the annual event’s golden jubilee.

Lejla Green, eight, of Altofts with her sister Djula Green, 10, enjoy a ride at Normanton Gala.

Lejla Green, eight, of Altofts with her sister Djula Green, 10, enjoy a ride at Normanton Gala.

A carnival parade, bowling competition, fun fair, fireworks display and It’s A Knockout competition also entertained crowds and helped raise money for local groups and causes.

The gala was organised by Normanton Town Council, which donated money to those who took part in the parade.

Mayor of Normanton Hazel Jones, of Garth Avenue, said: “It was marvellous. The children and people in Normanton came out in their hundreds.

“Everything went well, the weather was good and was a success and it’s an enjoyable day.

“The fireworks were a big highlight this year. The park was packed for the whole day on Saturday.

“The gala has gone from strength to strength over the years and I’m sure it will continue for another 50 years.”

Weekend celebrations began on Saturday morning with a parade from Altofts to the Normanton park, where stalls and games were set up throughout the day.

It was the first year in which 1st Altofts Scouts Group took part in the parade and held a fundraising stall.

Just a couple of years ago the group was close to folding owing to dwindling membership, but it now has more than 40.

The gala also included a fancy dress competition for children and performances from Normanton Sports Acro, Ambassadors of Borrowash Band and Elaine Hill’s Sheepdog Display. A Blues Brothers tribute band provided music ahead of Saturday evening’s fireworks display.

On Sunday stall holders sold items during a car boot sale, followed by routines performed by Melissa Radway School of Dance and J P Baker School of Dance.

Teams also competed in an It’s A Knockout competition, which was won by Team JP, made up of parents from the town dance school.

Embrace, Free Spirits and Boys Crew also provided dance displays on the park tennis courts.

The fun fair was provided by Evan Moran and Son, of Normanton, which also hosted a free event on Monday for disabled children.