Gallery: Hundreds turn out for Godmanchester Gala

HUNDREDS of revellers braved mixed weather conditions for the annual Godmanchester Gala weekend. The event was the culmination of a Gala Week organised by the Godmanchester Community Association, but did not feature the traditional parade, which was cance

HUNDREDS of revellers braved mixed weather conditions for the annual Godmanchester Gala weekend.

The event was the culmination of a Gala Week organised by the Godmanchester Community Association, but did not feature the traditional parade, which was cancelled after permission to close the road was not obtained in time.

Instead, a procession of 200 people was led onto the Recreation Ground by the Blue Vision Twirlers to get the festivities under way.

Mayor Graham Wilson judged the fancy dress competition, with Haley Molyneaux named Gala Queen and the colouring competition winners were named.


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In the arena, the Twirlers were followed by a Qi Kwan Do demonstration and children from Godmanchester Community School danced around the Maypole.

On Sunday, 600 yellow ducks were released into the River Great Ouse for the traditional race, which was won by youngster Tiff Talbot.

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The Picnic in the Park music event, funded by the town council, was initially rain-affected but the crowds still enjoyed performances from the likes of Wiggy's Rock Show and the Spice-ish Girls.

Stuart Bond, from event organisers Godmanchester Community Association, said: "We had a very successful weekend and I would like to thanks everyone who helped the community association run the event.

"We are looking forward to returning next year with the parade returning once again."

#A 16-year-old boy was arrested on the Godmanchester Recreation Ground on Sunday evening for using threatening words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The teenager was bailed to appear at Huntingdon Youth Court on July 15.

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