Sun shines on Ryhall’s summer gala event

Ryhall siummer gala . Ryhall WI members Katherine Wilkes, Briany Smith, Ann Rodgers and Kate Kemp EMN-150823-150356009
Ryhall siummer gala . Ryhall WI members Katherine Wilkes, Briany Smith, Ann Rodgers and Kate Kemp EMN-150823-150356009

The sun shone on Ryhall as hundreds of visitors descended on the village’s annual summer gala day on Saturday.

The warm weather meant the beer tent provided by The Green Dragon and the ice cream van proved particularly popular at the second annual event.

The smell of cooking burgers from the Grasmere Farm van and the screams of excited children enjoying funfair rides filled the air.

There were a range of stalls operated by local organisations, charities and businesses, while the main arena featured performances by Jem’s Hip Hop, Welland School of Dancing, Handful of Harmonies and the Burlesque Chair Dancers. The dog show, also drew whoops and applause from the crowds.

And youngsters were awestruck by both a magician and the beautiful Disney Princesses, who were offering face-painting.

The raffle and tombola were also a big hit.

Chairman of the Ryhall Summer Gala Committee Sharon Evitts said the event once again proved popular but there were not as many visitors as last year - which was the first year of the event.

She believes the weather may have been too hot for some people and the committee is also considering changing the day to a Sunday in the future as Sharon thinks people may have other commitments on Saturdays.

But she added: “We couldn’t have asked for better weather and it was a great day.”

The aim of the event is to provide a fun and low-cost day for the village and the committee runs events all year to ensure it can go ahead.

A percentage of the profits goes to a local good cause. Last year, the committee donated £400 to Ryhall Primary School for its outdoor reading area.

Sharon thanked those who had supported the event in any way.