All set for annual Starbeck Gala

tis  Starbeck Gala Queen Katie McKee is to hand over her queenship on August 27
tis Starbeck Gala Queen Katie McKee is to hand over her queenship on August 27

Preparations are underway for a “spectacular” family fun day at the annual Starbeck Gala.

This year’s gala day will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, and hundreds of people are expected to attend.

There will be dozens of attractions, stalls and entertainers, and organisers are busy this week to make sure that everything is ready for when the crowds arrive.

“It’s a real family fun day,” said committee chairman Jo Nolan. “It’s a Starbeck tradition that’s been running for a long time, it wouldn’t be Bank Holiday Monday without the gala!”

There will be bouncy castles and donkey rides, Punch and Judy displays, go karting, raffles and prizes. The ever popular bonny babies competition is to make a return, as will glamorous grandmas and gorgeous granddads.

“Everybody keeps asking if he have to keep up the knobbly knees competition, but of course we do, it’s tradition,”said Mrs Nolan. “It brings the community of Starbeck together.

“It’s lovely to see people you haven’t seen for ages. Everybody pulls together, and it’s a spectacular day.”

Belmont Fields will open from 11am, with the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Robert Windass declaring the gala officially open at 12pm.

Gala Queen, 14-year-old Katie McKee, will be handing over her queenship to Melissa Pearson, 16, who will be helped on the day by attendant Jade Watts, 15, also from Starbeck.

There is no entry fee to the gala but programmes are on sale for £1 to help pay for the event and to raise money for the Starbeck Christmas lights.

Stalls are still available on the day, to find out more call Carol Pickard on 01423 883899.