All set for Bilton’s gala celebrations

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THOUSANDS of people will line the streets of Bilton on Monday ahead of the annual May Day gala and parade.

The community day, now in its 34th year, is a favourite with Bilton residents who turn out whatever the weather to enjoy a day of family fun.

The parade will begin the day’s festivities, led by the gala king and queen in a horse drawn carriage.

They will be followed by dozens of floats, with vintage vehicles, scooters, Harrogate High School band, cheerleaders, some Blackpool donkeys, stilt walkers, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

The king and queen, Mark Nicholls and Jasmine Tyler, will be crowned at 1.30pm, followed by the fancy dress judging.

Sheepdog and duck displays will begin at 1.50pm in the main arena, with headline act stuntman Jez Avery showing at 2.30pm and 3.45pm. There will also be an eagle and vulture display in the main ring at 3.05pm.

This year there will be bouncy castles, fairground rides, a giant slide and a rodeo bull, paintballing, face painting, alpacas and Blackpool donkeys, as well as a licensed bar.

Also at this year’s Bilton Gala is a new initiative urging people in the Woodfield area to join a “garden army”, to cut grocery bills and build a healthier way of life.

Growing Together, funded by My Neighbourhood, aims to teach residents how to make the most of their gardens by helping to set up growing gardens. This year, for the first time, they are to man a stand at Bilton Gala.

The parade will begin on Meadowcroft at 12.30pm, on to Bilton Lane, Grosvenor Lane, Poplar Grove, back to Bilton Lane and Hall Lane.

Tickets cost £1.50 for adults, 50p for under 16s. For more information visit