Each year the committee seeks new ways of attracting people, and improving the event. Holbeck Gala is a genuine community event. We acknowledge with thanks the help of agencies and organisations without whose support the event would be difficult to stage.
This year the gala was held on Saturday 21st July on Holbeck Moor keeping up with the 70-year tradition of holding such an event on the moor. Once again we had very good feedback that people had enjoyed the day. This year we were lucky to have a fine, dry and warm day, about two thousand local residents came out to enjoy the sunshine and see what was on offer and have some fun. We were also joined by an increasing number of people from other parts of the city. The gala is helping Holbeck to become a destination!
We built on the successful parade of last year, Leeds City Pipes and Drums, Lynbar Majorettes, Rapide Bros and leading the parade was Yvonne Crowther in full Olympic Uniform and carrying the Olympic Torch.
Stalls were spread out along the paths and around the parameter of the Moor. This year we booked market-type stalls, 28 of which were booked by outside organisations; in addition 5 other stalls were raising money specifically for the Gala. A refreshment area and a BBQ were also organised by our committee.
The children's activities took up an area at the corner of the Moor. Inflatables provided by Breeze, activities provided by St Luke's in a marquee, and new for this year a climbing wall hired in with the committee ensuring through a subsidy that this attraction was affordable. Other attractions were a Gravity Boost, Go Karts and Marshall's Fun Fair all helped to make the Gala a fun place for kids.
This years event featured a diverse range of entertainment. One central stage on the Moor hosted Chuckwagon featuring lead singer Alun Lewis who has appeared in the TV series Emmerdale and Birds of a Feather. Another group, The Outsiders, provided good music and entertainment. It is worthy of note that some members of this group attend the local learning disabilities centre in Holbeck. Mark Hubbard, who presides over the Old Chapel Studios in Holbeck, assisted in providing music groups performing at the Working Mens' Club after the close of the activities on the Moor. This new Gala event to help support the Club and Leeds Music Trust was well attended appreciating, The Scandal, Tonguefuzz and an impromptu performance from some youngsters making their debut on the music scene.
A highlight of the afternoon was the final of the Junior Superstar competition, part of the I Love South Leeds Festival. The talent show featured some outstanding performances from comics, dancers, and musicians.
This year, we had 23 volunteers - not including the committee (who are also all volunteers). They came from established South Leeds communities and between them they worked 207 hours for free. A massive “thank you” to all of them! They got through a vast range of work: setting up stalls, moving generators, directing traffic, looking after lost children, picking up litter and managing stalls, etc...
The Committee would like to thank all our supporters who helped make this year’s Gala such a success and everyone who came along and made it such a great day.