Ecclesfield Gala takes place in Ecclesfield Park, Sheffield each year and raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. It is held on the Sunday following August Bank Holiday and organised by local Showman Michael Whiting.
Michael told us that Ecclesfield Gala originally started around 45 years ago as a car boot sale, and to date has raised over £150,000 for the charity it supports. Lots of local groups including the Scouts assist in getting the park ready, and many local businesses donate goods to be sold.
As this year’s event was being put together the weather was overcast and there were a few light rain showers. Luckily, by 11am when the gala began, bright skies and even some sunny periods returned, much to the delight of everyone involved.
Although admission to the event is free, volunteers at the entrance with collection buckets offer visitors the opportunity to donate £1 towards this worthy cause.
As well as many stalls and trade stands there is also a classic car display, along with an arena showcasing entertainment including a steel band, a brass band and various dance troupes.
Although no major rides attend, there is a good selection of fairground attractions aimed at the smaller visitor. These included Michael Whiting’s mini Waltzer, mini Jump & Smile and hook-a-duck, Barrie Turvill’s giant slide and crossbows and Brady Turvill’s bungee trampolines.
Photo: Barrie Turvill’s giant slide.