Sedbergh is unusual in that while historically it was located in the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is now part of South Lakeland in Cumbria, but sits within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It stands at the foot of Howgill Fells, on the north bank of the River Rawthey. It is an attractive town, with its narrow main street lined with shops and fells rising behind the houses.

One of the traditional events which forms part of the bedrock of the local community has been the annual Sedbergh Gala and, over the years, The Westmorland Gazette has been on hand to record the fun and spectacle of the popular event.

In June 1988 the newspaper started its report of the gala like this: "Sun, fun and children of all ages - young, old and some positively elderly but young in heart - all determined to enjoy themselves! Put them together and you have a success recipe for a great day out.

"That's just what they ordered - and got - at Sedbergh on Saturday for the town's 25th gala."

A larger-than-average crowd turned up at the town's playing field at Howgill Lane.

The main attraction was a thrilling display by the White Helmets, the Royal Corps of Signals motorcycle team, who performed at the original gala and were making their first return visit since. Their skill and expertise entertained the crowd.

The senior fell race attracted a big entry. The winner was former Sedbergh old boy Roger Gibson, who said: "I'm delighted to win, particularly as it was the silver anniversary race."

Another attraction was the decorated float parade, won by Sedbergh Young Farmers with Graham Moore's entry coming second. Third place went to Sedbergh Primary School.

Money raised at the gala helped finance the annual Christmas party for youngsters in the town, the bonfire and fireworks display each November and local charities.