25th anniversary Oulton Broad Charity Gala Day hailed a success
Glorious weather and more than ten hours of entertainment attracted thousands to our annual Gala Day at Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad on August Bank Holiday Monday.
The crowds were entertained by arena acts including stunt shows by the Mark Stannage family and by Jez Avery. The Mandarin Cycles BMX display team, the Waggy Tails Dog Agility Display Team and the Wuffa Saxon and Viking Re-enactment Society added to the variety of entertainment provided.
On the water, the annual Maiden in Distress competition saw crews paddling frantically in their hand built ‘boats’ as they struggled to stay afloat on the broad and ‘rescue’ a stranded damsel. Exciting powerboat racing followed as Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club members competed on the broad.
Live music and song echoed out throughout the day as the Lowestoft Signing Choir, singing star Jazmine Banks and the ‘Going Dutch’ duo together with the Oulton Broads harmony group and Bellatonic acapella singers entertained. Then the Buster James Band and their support group ‘Jacque d’Ladde’ got the park rocking into the evening.
A children’s area proved popular as the K-Syl-R Disco, Andy the Clown, Broadwing birds and Professor Jingles Punch and Judy show kept the youngsters amused.
Finally a spectacular firework display lit up the sky to bring the curtain down on this year’s event.
Lowestoft Lions have been organising this annual event for 25 years, the proceeds from which helps fund our charity account, which helps the needy locally. Lead organiser Trevor Waters, said: “It was probably one of the best years we have had weather-wise and it was a great success, making all our efforts worthwhile.”
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