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Celebrating 70th year at Warmsworth Gala

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There will be a right royal occasion in Doncaster this weekend.

Kings and queens will provide the theme for this year’s procession ahead of the 70th Warmsworth Gala which takes place on Saturday, July 14.

This year the floats have been decorated by Warmsworth Primary School in collaboration with Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.

The colourful entourage, headed up by the Army Cadets band, is due to set off from Grosvenor Crescent at 11.30am.

It will arrive at the Common Lane playing fields in time for the event’s official opening at noon by Mrs Train, the newly appointed head teacher of Warmsworth Primary School.

Visitors are being encouraged to dress 1940s style, in recognition of the gala’s 70th anniversary, with cash prizes of up to £50 for the best dressed.

Other attractions include 1940s dance show, the ‘Bake Off’ being judged by MP Caroline Flint, a treasure hunt, sports day, martial arts display and dog show.

The popular annual family fun day almost came to an end in 2016 when the organisers of many years retired. But in 2017 a new committee formed, led by local resident Jenny Dewsnap and now the gala is going from strength to strength.

Jenny said: “Villages like ours need events like this, they are part of our DNA and get people together.

“The committee is confident that the 2018 gala will be a great family day out and intend to pay tribute to everyone who’s helped over the last 70 years with what is hoped will be one of the best yet. It’s great to get involved and visitors really enjoy themselves.”

The gala solely relies on donations in order to run, therefore any profits made are channeled into supporting the village and ensuring the gala runs every year. The main sponsors this year include McGills, Orchid Care, Waltons Transport, along with local business Sibelco, a specialist minerals firm operating a dolomite quarry nearby.

Manager John Alton said: “We’re proud to be associated with the Warmsworth Gala and deeply impressed with the behind-the-scenes efforts.

“Few people realise the amount of work required to stage events like this so we are pleased to help out and wish everyone a great time on the day.”