Ryhall Summer Gala returns after two years away

Jem's Hip Hop perform at Ryhall Summer Gala. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-140109-114150001
Jem's Hip Hop perform at Ryhall Summer Gala. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-140109-114150001
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Families had a field day at the Ryhall Summer Gala which returned to the village after a two-year gap.

There were dozens of acts and activities for children to enjoy, including a clown, magic, loom-band making session and barrel rides which, in particular, “went down a storm with the kids absolutely loving it”, Carol Urry one of the organising committee said.

There were also classic cars on show, groovy pets and reptiles for visitors to inspect and a “fantastic dog show” at the gala, which was opened by Stamford Town Crier Andrew Downing.

“The weather was brilliant,” said Ms Urry.

“It was a little rainy in the morning but half an hour before the gala opened the sun came out and stayed up all day.”

The gala, which has been an annual fixture at the villager for many years, had returned to Ryhall after a two year break.

Ms Urry said: “It’s something that had been going for about 30 years.

“Then it became difficult to find people who would organise it.

“A committee that was formed for the Jubilee Gala a few years ago, then decided that the event should be brought back.

“We started raising money in November last year and raised £2,000 to pay for hosting the gala.”

Ms Urry said the committee was keen to bring the gala back as an event that could “bring the community together” and in order to “put Ryhall on the map”.

The focus on the community included a special tent that gave local organisations and business from the village the chance to advertise what they had to offer.

Ms Urry said: “The feedback from outside the village has been very good.

“The view of people from Oakham, Stamford and Deepings who came to the gala was that it was a ‘lovely, community supported event’.”