Riverside Gala marks 10 years with fun-filled day of entertainment

Dancers entertain the crowds.

Dancers entertain the crowds. - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people flocked to Huntingdon on Saturday to celebrate a decade of the Riverside Gala.

Revellers enjoy the sun at the Riverside Gala.

Revellers enjoy the sun at the Riverside Gala. - Credit: Archant

The gala started off as a platform to help charities showcase themselves and raise money but the event has since grown into a fun-filled day of entertainment for children and big kids alike.

Organising committee member, Malcolm Lyons said: “The day was a real family occasion and I was pleased, as I was walking around, to see families sitting on blankets listening to music and dancing to local groups.”

The gala saw a special visit by Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and Ariel from the Little Mermaid, along with performances from dance groups.

A bouncy castle proved popular at the Riverside Gala.

A bouncy castle proved popular at the Riverside Gala. - Credit: Archant

Dozens of charity stalls also set up home on Riverside Park to highlight the work they do and even sell some tasty treats and drinks.

“It was a great opportunity for local charities and organisations to make money for their particular funds,” Mr Lyons added.

Tails were also wagging as Wood Green Animal Shelter hosted its annual dog show.

Mason Perry, 5, and Esme Geoghan, 3, at Riverside Gala.

Mason Perry, 5, and Esme Geoghan, 3, at Riverside Gala. - Credit: Archant

Singer Sophie Frear at the Riverside Gala.

Singer Sophie Frear at the Riverside Gala. - Credit: Archant

Revellers enjoy Riverside Gala in Huntingdon.

Revellers enjoy Riverside Gala in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Sarah Hobbs, 9, at the Riverside Gala.

Sarah Hobbs, 9, at the Riverside Gala. - Credit: Archant