Bank Holiday galas take shape

A BUSY programme of events looks set to bring the crowds out this Bank Holiday Monday.

The Pannal Gala on Monday, August 29, will feature a mystery famous guest opening the day, the crowning of gala queen Natasha Lobley, from Pannal School, a show from Harrogate Road Safety dog training club, a martial arts show and the traditional Pannal egg throwing competition.

This year will also feature a car boot sale with entry at £5 for cars and £7 for vans.

In addition there will be children’s races, bouncy castles, face painting and temporary tattoos, a second hand book stall, hook a duck, a lucky dip, a guess the name of the teddy competition, a coconut shy, beat the goalie, beat the batsmen, a raffle, tombola, barbecue, bar, tearoom and lots more, all at Pannal Cricket Club.

Meanwhile, Starbeck Gala is set to draw thousands to Belmont Field on Bank Holiday Monday, with gates opening at 11am. The event officially begins with the crowning of the gala queen and her attendants at noon, running until 5pm.

In keeping with tradition, Starbeck offers a Punch and Judy show, coconut shy, bouncy castle, donkey rides, go karts and competitions including bonny babies, knobbly knees, glamorous grannies and - new for this year - gorgeous grandads.

Entry is free and stalls are still available for the day. For more details, call gala chairman Jo Nolan on 01423 888538.