Fab fun day for Clipstone
Photographs from the revived Clipstone Community Gala held on Saturday (July 16) at Vicar Water Country Park show what a huge success it proved to be and what a fun day out the event provided for all the family.
This is the third annual gala since the event was revived after a gap of more than a decade following the closure of the local colliery.
This year’s event was supported by £1,250 in grants from Newark and Sherwood District Council and council chairman Cllr Tony Roberts opened the gala and was kept busy awarding prizes and certificates to competition winners as well as judging the Coal Queen competition.
Alison Pringle, Chair of the Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and everybody enjoyed themselves. We had at least 2,000 people there, probably a lot more, and we had 51 entries in the dog show and lots of free competitions, space hopper races and fun events.
“Councillor Roberts did a great job opening the gala for us and had a good chat with everybody. It was very nice to have him there and to have the council’s support in staging the event. Sue Derbyshire, the local community champion for Mansfield Asda, was also there as Asda had also helped sponsor the event.
“We revived the old colliery gala tradition to bring the community back together,” said Alison. “The gala gives everyone a chance to socialise, form new bonds, get involved with community groups and bolster local pride and community spirit. Everyone is saying they want to make it even bigger and better next year.”
Attractions also included Clipstone Silver Birds marching band, ‘welly wanging’, a cake competition, a display by the Into the Streets dance group, tug of war, novelty races, flower arranging, an art competition, and a ‘Bonnie Babies’ contest.
Coal Queen and Coal Princess crowned at the community gala
Clipstone Silver Birds marching band performing at the gala