Ingleton Gala triumphs despite the rain

Ingleton Gala Queen Millie Steel with her retinue

Ingleton Gala Keep Fit ladies dress up as nuns

Ingleton Gala fancy dress competitor Katherine Bucknell dresses as a Army Girl

Lily Burrow, Charlie Taylor and Ella Burrow from the 80 years of Swimming float enjoy the day at Ingleton Gala

Ingleton Gala fancy dress competitor Ashley Unsworth on her flower power bike

Ingleton in Bloom members Brian Lambert, Shauna Danskin, Ciara Smith, June Healey and Sally Gregory

First published in News

CROWDS turned out to support Ingleton Gala on Saturday - despite the heavy showers.

The rain stopped long enough for the parade and, despite the bad weather, the day was well supported and enjoyed by all.

Taking pride of place was this year's gala queen, Millie Steel, who was transported on a specially decorated float alongside attendants Ava Rollinson, Tilly-Mai Robinson, Katie Metcalf, Ellie Ramwell, Evie Angus, Lea Hird and Finley Robinson.

She was crowned on the gala field by her predecessor Isobel Morphet.

Lancaster Batala Band provided a wonderful display, as too did Ben Slinger and his team of BMX bikers, who demonstrated their skills in wet, slippy conditions to great applause.

Local lad, Ben, 20, has held British, European and World Championship titles in the Trials BMX field.

After the gala, the children's disco was enjoyed by the younger members of the community, and one three-year-old boy, called Josh, warrants a mention as a magician of the future. He showed incredible poise and skills in spinning and balancing plates.

Ingleton Football Club and Young Farmers also held a post-gala summertime party night for over 18s.

Results were: fancy dress: pretty, under 12 - 1 Ashley Unsworth (Bicycle Flowergirl); original, 12 and over - 1 Oliver Faraday and Samantha Hargreaves (School for Good and Evil); original, under 12 - 1 Katherine Bocknell (Army Girl); comic, 12 and over - 1 Lynsey Nicholson and Nicola Robinson (Garden Gnomes); comic, under 12 - 1 Lucy Bucknell (Batman); floats, children - 1 Playgroup, 2 Primary School, 3 No Direction; groups, adults - 1 Keep Fit Ladies (Changing Habits), 2 Ingleton in Bloom (Flower Power).

Fell race: juniors - 1 and first local Mark Mahoney, Settle Harriers, 27.47, 2 James Maxwell, Settle Harriers, 31.10, 3 and first under 14 Aidan Elsworth 32.30, first girl Tiggy Wood, Settle Harriers, 35.07; seniors - 1 Mark McGoldrick, Wharfedale Harriers, 52.17, 2 Tom Duncan, Derwent AC, 52.36, 3 and first local Matthew Fretwell, Settle Harriers, 53.09, first lady Mary Wilkinson, Bingley Harriers, 53.26.

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