Hundreds gather for the annual Sewerby Gala

Burlesque and pole dancing dislays were performed at Sewerby Gala by members of the  Ladies Fitness Centre in Bridlington.
Burlesque and pole dancing dislays were performed at Sewerby Gala by members of the Ladies Fitness Centre in Bridlington.

BAD weather interrupted the Sewerby Gala for the first time in years over the weekend – but it did not manage to dampen the spirits of the visitors who went along to enjoy the annual event.

One of the biggest dates in the local calendar did not disappoint once again, with crowds enjoying a host of activities including the American Car Rally with cars from the Classic Car Club, the popular RSPCA fun dog show, helicopter rides and even a rodeo bull.

The gala normally enjoys some of the summer’s best weather but showers struck three times during the event, held last Sunday, and organisers saw a fall in money taken on the gate and from car parking.

Gala organiser Ken Saul said: “We are down slightly on other years and whether that was down to the weather or the recession it is difficult to tell.

“But we still had a really positive response from people who came along, and all of our stalls have booked up again for next year. Everything we put on was well received and the charity stalls that come along all reported a good day.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped put the day together, it was a real team effort.”

Visitors were also treated to performances from the Children of the Mist Pipe and Drum Band, Steve Caprice as Elvis, East Riding Youth Dance, a Punch and Judy show, martial arts demonstrations from the Bridlington Martial Arts Centre, a burlesque display from the Ladies Fitness Centre, crazy golf, ferret racing, a circus workshop, a climbing wall, a fun fair and last year’s junior Yorkshire Coast’s Got Talent winner Jacob King.

Bridlington Rotary Club were also on hand providing their free blood pressure check ups, with Dr Abu Nasser and his team. Over 300 people were checked over the course of the day, but unusually no referrals were made.

All funds raised go to Sewerby Cricket Club, apart from those collected on the charity stalls.