Ecclesfield Gala draws the crowds

Maisie Birmingham & Jordan Robinson with Pixie & Paddy
Maisie Birmingham & Jordan Robinson with Pixie & Paddy

CHARITY was the biggest winner at one of Sheffield’s most popular annual galas.

The Ecclesfield Gala provided plenty of fun for all the family – with all money raised going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The gala has raised more than £100,000 over the years, with money being donated to the Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital, the lymphoedema service at the Fairlawns Clinic in Middlewood, Macmillan nurses in Sheffield, and to provide grants for people affected by cancer.

Rob Turner, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Sheffield, said: “Ecclesfield Gala is one of our biggest events of the year in Sheffield.

“The funds raised at last year’s event alone would pay for more than 400 hours of local nursing care, which would help thousands of local people affected by cancer.”

Gala organiser Michael Whiting said: “Ecclesfield Gala has turned into more than a fundraising event.

“Over the last 27 years it has become an established event in Ecclesfield’s calendar, providing a day of family fun and entertainment which brings the whole community together. It is something of which we can all be proud.”

Entertainment at this year’s show included Phoenix birds of prey, martial arts displays, the Fleur de Lys majorettes, a Kennel Club-approved dog show, RAF air cadets band, classic car and lorry displays, as well as stalls and fun fair attractions.

The popular dog show had 10 pedigree classes and 11 novelty classes, including the best rescued, the best six legs and fancy dress.

The gala was opened by Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley.