Sun comes out for Catterall gala

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Members of the Garstang Festival Morris Dancers. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.
The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Members of the Garstang Festival Morris Dancers. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

Fancy dress and dancing morris men lined the streets of Catterall as glorious sunshine shone down on the annual gala.

The popular event saw nearly 500 people share in the festivities as the parade made its way around the village starting at Catterall Village Hall.

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Kerri Bradbury from the Pilling Jubilee Silver Band with her 18 month old daughter Roberta. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Kerri Bradbury from the Pilling Jubilee Silver Band with her 18 month old daughter Roberta. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

This year’s queen Olivia Horner and rosebud Olivia Clift gathered at the hall with a parade of six floats, Pilling Jubilee Silver Band, Preston Pipers and Drums and dignitaries.

Retiring queen Louiza Dashfield was also joined by visiting queens from various other festivals taking part in the day.

Winners of the fancy dress competition included favourites such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Luke Skywalker and there was a special mention for Team ShazzAnn which donated £2,900.

The parade included tableux themed as Toy Story, Mr Men, Mindcraft, Carnival and Roald Dahl joined by Bodington Bells morris men performing ‘Viva Las Vegas’.

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Emily Molloy aged 4 from Jelly Beans pre-school group. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Emily Molloy aged 4 from Jelly Beans pre-school group. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

This precession was then followed by a primary schools’ football competition as St Thomas’ Primary School A team battled it out in a close encounter with Garstang Community Academy with the academy coming out on top.

There was also time for everyone to enjoy the fun fair, bouncy castle and refreshments.

Gala secretary Susan Dewhurst said: “It has been a brilliant gala with a lot of support from the community and support from the surrounding area.

“We are very grateful to Team ShazzAnn for their donation following a successful fundraising event. We are a small committee who work very hard and we’re looking for some people to come and join us. Like I said it is hard work but you;ll have a fantastic time doing it.”

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

Reverend Ron Greenall, gala president, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their hard work in putting on the day.”

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Garrotting Community Primary School. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.

The annual Catterall Gala attracted a bumper crowd as the parade of local groups and musicians made its way through the village. Garrotting Community Primary School. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 04, 2016.