INGLETON Gala on Saturday, July 15, promises to be a great family day out with all manner of entertainment including a brass-band parade, children's races and the highly competitive Ingleborough Mountain Race.

There will also be a fancy dress competition and arena events including science madness, and egg throwing championships, and a barbecue run by Ingleton Cricket Club and Ingleton Badminton Club.

Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation will be there, inviting people to meet the team and to talk about what they do, and also former members of Ingleborough WI. Although the WI no longer has meetings in the village, former members, who have been serving up cakes at the gala for more than 60 years, will be at the event, with some tasty treats.

Held on the sports field behind Ingleborough Community Centre, from midday to 8pm, there will also be the much-anticipated duck race, which this year will be organised by Skipton-based charity The Principle Trust.

The race will see 3,000 distinctive ducklings jostle for the finish line, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters all competing for a podium prize.

The duck flotilla will be released into the River Doe behind Ingleton Swimming Pool by Gala Queen, Kathryn Robinson, before navigating its way to the finish line 100 metres downstream. Race officials from The Principle Trust will be on hand to ensure there is no ‘fowl’ play.

Tickets cost £2 per duck and are available on the day and in advance at this weekend's Ingleton 1940s weekend, and on Saturday, July 8 from 11am at Sweet Petite, Ingleton.

The winner will scoop £100 in cash, with further prizes up for grabs including £50 and £25 for second and third place. Winners will be contacted on the day or immediately afterwards.

All proceeds will be split between The Principle Trust and Ingleton Rural Community Association, which provides funding for facilities to benefit the residents of Ingleton and surrounding areas.

The Principle Trust which provides respite holidays for children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.

Principle Trust Events Manager Kerry Magson commented, said: "We’re delighted to be hosting this year’s Ingleton Gala Duck Race and are looking forward to a day of family fun. Each duck has been given a clean bill of health and every ticket purchased will help us to support disadvantaged and poorly children across Yorkshire."

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