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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Langdale Gala

A NEW committee has re-energised the Langdale Gala after the economic downturn cast a pall over its future.

Hundreds of people shrugged off Sunday’s soggy conditions to make the revamped family-friendly gala an unqualified success.

It represented a remarkable turnaround in the event’s fortunes after the resignation of the organising committee last year threatened to end the tradition.

But two Langdale sisters, Claire and Rebecca Ives, were inspired by their own fond memories of the gala growing up and took it upon themselves to ensure it lived on.

Claire, 22, was appointed chairwoman and Rebecca, 20, treasurer, and together with secretary Daniel Barnes they set about rebuilding the gala.

All their hard work paid off on Sunday as locals and visitors packed into Walthwaite Meadow and enjoyed the vast range of activities, including the gala’s king and queen parade, fancy dress parade, pet show, children’s races, fell runs, raffles and much more.

“It was absolutely brilliant,” Claire Ives said. “We were shocked because it was so wet, but it was one of the busiest days the gala’s ever had, to be honest.

“There were a few hiccups because you don’t always know what needs planning before you get there on the day, but all things considered everyone seemed to have a really good time.”

All money raised from the event will be donated to Langdale Primary School and the local retirement home.

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