VIDEO: Thousands enjoy Bilton Gala

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Over 6,000 people attended Bilton Gala in spectacular sunshine today.

The good weather attracted families to enjoy the parade and gala that followed.

Crowds join in the gala parade through Bilton

Crowds join in the gala parade through Bilton

Groups such as the Sea Cadets and Harrogate Hornets cheerleading squad took part in the parade through Bilton, joined by departing Mayor Robert Windass and MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones.

Playing fields at Richard Taylor School hosted hundreds of stalls, and a performance arena.

Harrogate dance team Creative Dance took to the arena before crowds were entertained by a llama agility team.

Gala Treasurer Alan Huddart believes this year’s event could be the best-attended yet.

He said: “More than 6,000 people came to this year’s gala.

“It feels like it could be the biggest ever. The sun helps, of course, families will have wanted to come out in the sun.”

First-time Gala atendee Ray Newlove was at the show with his family.

He said: “It is our first time at the gala, and there is so much to do. The first thing thechildren wanted to do was see the llamas.

“They’ve been on the rides and won prizes, too. It’s a great event.”

See Thursday’s Harrogate Advertiser for more pictures and interviews.