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Gala Day hailed a success

PUBLISHED: 12:20 03 September 2010 | UPDATED: 09:50 16 September 2010

THE clouds parted and the crowds turned out for the Lowestoft Lions annual charity gala on Bank Holiday Monday.

Organisers had been worried as the weather was poor the previous two days when the grand ring and other landmarks were being constructed at Oulton Broad's Nicholas Everitt Park.

THE clouds parted and the crowds turned out for the Lowestoft Lions annual charity gala on Bank Holiday Monday.

Organisers had been worried as the weather was poor the previous two days when the grand ring and other landmarks were being constructed at Oulton Broad's Nicholas Everitt Park.

But the arrival of some much-needed sunshine helped boost the turn-out.

“We got really wet when we were setting up on Saturday and Sunday and just hoped the weather would improve,” said Trevor Waters, chairman of the gala day committee.

“The gala opened on Monday morning and was much quieter than usual but once the weather began improving the families turned out and we ended up having a really successful day,” he said.

The strong winds meant that the powerboat racing course had to be shortened but as the wind eased later in the day the boats were able to revert to their full course.

The popular maiden in distress competition was also able to go ahead.

Teams had to construct their rafts from timber, plastic sheeting, nails and string before rowing into the middle of the broad to collect a stranded maiden.

After a strong competition the eventual winners were from the Triangle Tavern.

Away from the water there was plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Children's entertainers, Punch and Judy show, Waveney Gymnastics Club, Lowestoft Alsation and dog training society, all gave impressive performances.

Another feature popular with the crowd was the live music from the stage area including performances from Guitar George, Mad Aunties and Gold Rush.

By the time the event closed at 10pm the wind had dropped sufficiently to allow the full fireworks display to go ahead.

“Overall it has been a really successful gala day. We have beaten the weather and made a profit which will be shared between local charities.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped or came along and supported us on the day,” said Mr Waters.


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