Towns all set for gala party!

Thornton and Cleveleys Gala
Thornton and Cleveleys Gala

A TRADITIONAL weekend of parties, fun, games, fancy dress and a parade can only mean the Thornton Cleveleys Gala is back for its 112th year.

Planning and preparation for this year’s event at King George’s School, which takes place this weekend, began in earnest two weeks after the end of the family orientated event of last year.

And organisers of the 2011 weekend are aiming to remain true to the heritage of years gone by and change as little as possible for the popular gala.

Deborah Lindsay is one of seven people that make up the event’s organising committee.

She told The Weekly News: “Preparations are going well and according to plan at the moment.

“We seem to have a lot of interest from a couple of schools, playgroups and youth theatre groups who want to take part, so I hope they are looking forward to it.

“It’s a good event for the community.”

The important role of Queen and Princess of the gala will be taken on by Thornton youngsters Katy Seddon, 12, and Cassia Turner, eight.

A fairground will be situated in the grounds of the school, and those attending in fancy dress have the opportunity to enter the annual competition to have their outfits judged.

Other highlights include the parade through Thornton Village led by the Thornton Cleveleys band, while a cheerleading display, bouncing castle, slide and puppet show make up the rest of the celebratory weekend.