By Laura Turpin
More than 11,000 people are expected to attend the Beighton Gala.
The event, which occurs on the second Saturday of July every year at the Beighton Welfare Recreation Ground, has been going on for 25 years now.
Steve Edmonds, one of the main organisers, said: “We try to get bigger and better each year. Last year we had around 10,000 people coming and going, so this year we expect to have a little bit more.
“We try to put as many attractions as we can that are free of charge and aim to raise just enough money to pay for the next year’s Gala.”
The event originally started as a fun day in 1916 but it is now a mixture between a Gala and a funfair that provides space for groups that are looking to raise funds such as local football teams, church organisations and charities.
Mr Edmonds, who has been involved with the Gala for 25 years, said: “We try to have a 50/50 balance between the commercial and charity stalls. There is no entry fee, we ask for donations by the gate but that’s it.”
The Gala is organised by a group of eight volunteers, but friends and family also come down on the day and help them set up the event and take it apart later.
Amanda Finbow-Frogratt, who works at the Beighton Lyfestyle Centre and volunteers to help with the Gala, said: “It’s just a great day that gives local organisations a chance to have a stall and let people know what they are about and you end up learning a lot of new things. I think it is special because it’s community-orientated. It’s the people of the village that make the event really.
“Nowadays everybody is living on this 24/7 society and they haven’t got time but everybody makes time to attend the Gala, it’s not just local people but people come from all over and they come because they know that it’s a good day out.”
Among the attractions, this years’ Gala includes dance and martial arts displays, a sheep show, a flyball competition and a marching band.