Impassioned plea to help save Starbeck Gala

The future of Starbeck Gala is under threat once again, leaving organisers with no choice but to make an impassioned plea for support.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 6th March 2017, 2:29 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:03 am
Starbeck Gala.
Starbeck Gala.

For three years the Starbeck Gala and Lights Committee have managed to operate without a chair, but now that their current treasurer and interim secretary Phill Brownley is stepping down after years of dedicated service, Starbeck's cherished Gala tradition may not happen this year.

The committee is urging Starbeck to save their Gala and help to keep decades of fond memories alive.

Phill Brownley said: "The situation for Starbeck Gala is now critical. We need people to come forward and stand for committee positions at our AGM. The Gala is Starbeck heritage, it is a part of our history. It would be such a shame to have to let it go.

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"We need all of the committee positions to be filled. I stepped in as secretary when our previous secretary stepped down last year, and I have also been treasurer to help keep us going. I have enjoyed being a part of it and it would be great to find people who will enjoy it just as much as I have.

"I just hope people will come forward and go to the AGM, the Gala is a great Starbeck tradition.

"If no one comes forward it's unlikely that we will be able to have a Gala this year.

"People should get involved because is really rewarding work, being part of the committee. I would urge anyone who is interested in getting involved to come along. This is not just about the Gala either - if we don't hold the Gala this year, it will have a knock-on effect for the Starbeck Christmas lights.

"To fund our Christmas lights we rely on the Gala being a success. If you become part of our committee, you also help to provide our lights that people enjoy every year."

Can you help save Starbeck Gala? The AGM will be held on March 28 at the St Andrew's Church Welcome Centre in Starbeck, 7pm. Email [email protected] to find out more about the committee positions.