2017 Hawes Gala could be last unless more volunteers come forward, organisers warn

Residents have been warned that this year’s Hawes and District Gala could be the last unless more volunteers come forward.

Organisers have issued an urgent appeal for committee members to help run the event and volunteers to help on and around gala day.

The event celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and it is hoped it can be better than ever.

It will be held on June 24 and will feature a range of family activities, including a fancy dress procession lead by the gala queen, fairground rides, music, trade stalls, competitions, and food and drink

But co-secretary Emily Pickard says more people need to get involved to secure its future, with the committee made up of just six people.

She added: “Unfortunately if we don’t get any new committee members this may be the last gala.

“We also need volunteers to help put bunting up in the town before the gala.

“We need people to help on the gala day, to help on the gate, run a stall, help tidy away etc.

“And we need volunteers to help on the Thursday and Friday before gala to help set up the field.”

Emily stressed that the event was for people in the local area, not just Hawes.

A number of fundraising events are planned to make the event’s golden anniversary special.

These will start with a ladies fashion evening from 7pm for 7.30pm on March 16 at the Fountain Hotel, in Hawes.

There will be clothing and accessories on sale.

Admission on the door is £4 including a glass of bubbly.

If anyone can help they should contact Emily Pickard on 07868568993, chairman Emily Guy on 07712605110 or email hawesgala@outlook.com

They can also get in-touch via the gala facebook page.