DESPITE the early rain, the Ingleton spirit shone through at this year’s Gala, held last weekend, writes Sarah Procter.

The colourful parade, led by the Batalla Band made its way to the sports field where Culain Wood read out a poem he had written all about the village.

Culain then ran a poetry workshop during the course of the afternoon.

The gala queen Caitlin Ellershaw was crowned by the retiring queen Olivia Howson, Caitlin was attended by Kathryn Robinson, Lottie Ellershaw, Minnie Trotter, Lucy Williams, Emily Gowland and Leila Stronach and page boy Harley Bryan.

Around the field visitors could enjoy stalls including the Ranger robs animal experience, Cairo Rapture, hook a duck, bouncy castles, Burton young farmers ducking stool, an inflatable assault course as well as the bucking bronco, there was a picture timeline of all the Gala queens from 1964 to the present day to be able to view and food and drinks were available to buy on the field supplied by the local theatre group, the badminton club and the cricket club as well as a bar run by Barrett events. Homemade cakes and sandwiches were also available in the community centre provided by the Ingleborough WI group.

there was also a visit from the fire service and their mascot Welephant.

The crowds were kept entertained in the centre ring by displays from the Batalla band and the village band as well as the children’s sports and the very popular egg throwing competition.

The mountain race was organised and run by Settle Harriers and it was won by Hector Haines from the hunters Bogtrotters running club in a time of 48.02.,

2nd Murray Strain in 48.12 also from the Hunters Bogtrotters club and

3rd Nick Leigh in 49.56 from the Horwich RMI Harriers.

The first lady home was Linda Hardaker from Keithley & Craven AC in a time of 1.00.06

2nd lady was Kate Archer of Ilkley Harriers in1.00.21

3rd lady was Helen Price of Harrogate Harriers & AC in 1.07.15.

The fancy dress prizes were then awarded,


1st Superhero`s (the Scout leaders)

2nd Clown Party (keep fit group)

3rd Ingleton, its what we do (Ingleton in bloom group)


1st Save our seas

2nd Wizard of Oz

3rd Craven Wanderers.


1st Toy Story

2nd Ingleton in bloom

3rd Little mermaid


1st Box of Sweets

2nd the dalek

3rd playmobil


1st We will remember you

2nd Eton Mess


The Gala Committee are: Liz Holman, Sarah Procter, Kelly Robinson, Beryl Morphet, Pippa Scott, Victoria Brown and Helen Wilson.