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Mytholmroyd Gala 2011 -Dene Michael from Black Lace
Mytholmroyd Gala 2011 -Dene Michael from Black Lace

A HOST of celebrities will descend on Burnley Road Playing Fields as Mytholmroyd Gala 2012 returns.

On Saturday, June 30, hundreds of residents of all ages will march in the gala procession based on the theme of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

Barry Greenwood, chairman of the Gala’s organising committee, said: “Whilst I can’t tell you the official person to open the event, she will be accompanied by the LA Patrol Outland Riders, who will lead the precession.”

The procession, which will also host the 2012 Gala Queen – Amy Harris – is set to leave the Orchard Industrial Park at 12pm, before winding its way onto the playing fields.

On the grass, there will be a 40ft stage occupied by Dene Michael of Black Lace, Bonny from X Factor, Neil Hurst, Rick Wild from The Overlanders and Tracey Goodwin – who is a Dusty Springfield tribute.

Barry said: “As each year goes by, what I want to do is beat the previous year in terms of entertainment and activities. I definitely think we are going to achieve that this year with the current line-up.

“We have got a top line-up of artists coming and as there was such a good response to Dene Michael last year, we are delighted that he’s agreed to come back again.”

There will be floats, fancy dress, children’s entertainment, a fun fair, a bouncy castle, various competitions – including a baby show, and a large number of stalls.

There will also be a taekwondo team, Mytholmroyd Karate Club, athletics events organised by Mary Smith, Bradford Pipe Band, Hebden Bridge Brass Band – who will lead the procession, Little Valley Brewery and Mytholmroyd Marmaladies.

Other guests of note will be Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Christine Beal, the Mayor of Hebden Royd, Coun Christine Davenport, the Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Abid Hussain.

Tickets are £2 (£1.50 children) when bought in advance and £3 (£2 for children) when bought at the gate on the day.

They can be purchased from Mytholmroyd Community Centre, Mytholmroyd Post Office or Hair & There, Hebden Bridge.

There will also be a raffle on the day –-tickets £1, which should be drawn between 4.30pm and 5pm.