SLIDESHOW: Fun in sun as hundreds turn out for Tickhill Gala

The picturesque market town of Tickhill came to a standstill as hundreds of people lined the streets for one of the area’s biggest summer shows.

It might not quite have been on the size and scale of the Tour de France, but there was plenty of noise, colour, sights and sounds for visitors to enjoy as the 41st Tickhill Gala swung into action.

Tickhill Gala held in the recreation ground off Tithes Lane

Tickhill Gala held in the recreation ground off Tithes Lane

People young and old crowded around the historic Buttercross in the centre of the town as the parade of colourfully decorated floats slowly wound their way to the recreation ground on Tithes Lane, with singing and dancing youngsters from schools, Scouts and Brownies groups adding to the carnival atmosphere.

And organisers were pleased with this year’s event which also included a dog show and a bake-off competition for the first time.

Gala committee member Helen Hopkins said: “We were extremely pleased with how things went and of course, the great weather helped.

“We had a very good turnout across both days of the weekend and we had lots of people telling us how they would be back next year.”

The parade and gala is a vital moneyspinner for the area’s Scout and Guide Association, with every penny from the event being channelled into the upkeep of the group’s headquarters on St Mary’s Road.

Helen said: “The building needs a lot to keep it in shape.

“The gala is the sole breadwinner for the groups – and we think this year’s event will bring in more than £6,000.”

The first bake-off competition proved a hit – and with a judge by the name of Delia Smith at the helm, the competition was always going to be tough.

“Our namesake caused quite a few laughs,” she said. “People were joking that they had been served up a bacon butty by Delia Smith.”

And after the fun of Saturday’s parade, there was more fun to be had on Sunday as dogs of all shapes and sizes descended on the recreation ground for a fun canine competition – Scruffs.

Prize pooches and magnificent mutts battled it out in a series of fun classes with all breeds bidding to be named top dog on the day.