The annual Hunslet Community Gala is back this Saturday (27 June 2015), with more on offer than ever before.
The festival started as a church gala 30+ years ago, has run in its current format – on the playing fields opposite the Penny Hill Centre, in the heart of Hunslet – for thirteen years, and is going from strength to strength.
The event centres around a packed programme of music and dance acts, which this year includes: the Supreme Starlets Majorettes, zumba, the Hunslet Hawks cheerleaders, a showcase from the Hunslet Club, the Cirque Dance Company, and the Keldon School of Dance.
Elsewhere, there will also be: rides and attractions including ‘The Titanic’, the largest inflatable slide in Europe; a vintage fire engine; circus skills workshops; the opportunity to meet and handle wildlife including snakes and the ever-popular meerkats, with Morley Exotic Animal Rescue; a guest appearance from Ronnie the Rhino; a Punch + Judy show; food and drink; and dozens of stalls hosted by local community groups and organisations.
The festival runs between 11.30am-4pm, and is coordinated by a committee of local people. Volunteers are very gratefully received on the day (especially for set-up from 8.30am, and for clear-down at 4pm); and if you’d be interested in helping to run next year’s event, speak with the organisers on the day, or get in touch.
The event is supported by a range of companies, organisations, and other bodies including: the ward councillors of the Inner South Community Committee for City and Hunslet and Middleton Park, Leeds Federated Housing Association, Skelton Skip Hire, Gold Trader, Eden Spring Water, and Hunslet St Marys Primary School.