Lowestoft Lions’ gala day set to provide plenty of thrills
IT always guarantees plenty of thrills, spills – and few unplanned splashes. And this year's Oulton Broad Gala Day is no exception.
Lowestoft Lions' main charity event of the year takes place on Monday, and organisers have lined up what promises to be another action-packed day of fun for all the family at Nicholas Everitt Park.
More than 10 hours of entertainment is planned, with a programme that includes powerboat racing and the annual 'maiden in distress' raft-race out on the water, and a host of attractions in the park.
Among the main acts confirmed this year are the daredevil stunt riders of the MAD – mountainbike aerial display – team; the spectacular Kangaroo gymnastic display team, who recently performed to a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium; the IDC Diamonds Cheerleading Club, and the Lowestoft Alsatian and Dog Training Society.
Live music will be provided by the Ipswich Youth Steel Band, a Robbie Williams tribute show by Lee Pashley, the Waveney Valley Brass Ensemble and a display from the Totally Wicked School of Dance.
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There will also be a circus workshop, donkey rides, a children's arena – featuring the K-SYL-R music roadshow, clowns, a Punch and Judy show, juggling and unicycling – and a display from the Seal and Bird Rescue team.
The Lions have also lined up a new event – Come Fly A Kite, sponsored by Can-Am travel. People will be challenged to show off their kite-flying skills with a range of prizes on offer.
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'This will hopefully become an annual event,' a Lions spokesman said.
'We are issuing an open invitation to people of all ages to come along, bring their homemade kites and fly with others in competition in the park to compete for prizes for the highest, largest, smallest, most decorative kite – as well as the last kite flying.'
The all-day entertainment will also include a funfair and a host of stalls, food oulets and and drink tents.
With Lowestoft's only public firework display of the year helping to bring the curtain down on the event in colourful style between 9pm and 10pm, the Lions are confident that the day will go off with a bang.
But they are now hoping for a big turn-out to boost the sum that they raise for good causes.
'The Gala Day is an annual event that has been organised by Lowestoft Lions for the last 17 years,' the Lions spokesman added.
'The proceeds help fund the charity account, which is spent helping the needy in the local area.
'But for this year's event to be really successful in raising funds for those less fortunate, it needs the support of the public. So come along and support us – local people helping local causes!'
Admission to the event is �6 for adults (accompanied children free) and �1 for children. Doors open at 9am, with the kite-flying starting at 10.30am. Live music will continue until 10.30pm.
Anyone still hoping to book a stall should ring Trevor on 01502 566270.