Hundreds flock to Oulton Broad to enjoy the Lowestoft Lions charity gala day

Fine weather and great fun for all the family attracted hundreds of people to a popular annual Gala Day.With a packed programme of entertainment, the annual Lowestoft Lions Charity Gala day at Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad was enjoyed by large crowds and hailed a success.

The Vander brothers dressed as superheroes headlined the day performing death defying stunts on both the inside and outside of a giant rotating space wheel.

Other arena performers included the Waggy Tails Dog Agility Display Team,

Phoenix Karate, the talented youngsters from Venue of Performing Arts and a late addition of four exciting wrestling bouts.

On the water, the annual Maiden in Distress competition saw crews paddling their hand built ‘boats’ on the broad to ‘rescue’ a stranded damsel, with the ‘Blunderboat’ team again taking the trophy for being the fastest.

Exciting powerboat racing followed as Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Motor Boat Club members showcased their skills on the broad.Live music echoed out throughout the day as the Lowestoft Signing Choir, the Oulton Broads harmony group and Bellatonic acapella singers entertained.

Then the very popular Buster James Band and their support group ‘Stone Cold Sober’ got the park rocking into the evening.

A children’s area proved popular with Steff and her cheeky monkey puppets and Professor Jingles Punch and Judy show delighting the youngsters. Sylvia and Russell Clarke gave a rousing final performance with their K-Syl-R Roadshow as they have decided to bring their career in children’s entertainment to an end after over 40 years – and in appreciation of their help at Lions events during that time – Lion President Michael Cook presented them with a special certificate of appreciation.

A spectacular firework display lit up the sky and was a fitting way to bring the curtain down on this year’s event.Delighted with how the Gala had gone, event organiser for the Lowestoft Lions, Trevor Waters, said: “The weather has been kind and we have had a good crowd of people in the park. All in all it has been a great success, and it makes all our efforts worthwhile and the funds raised allow us to continue providing help to deserving causes and to the less fortunate.”