Elsa will light up Christmas - and the hopes for a 2015 event

Mytholmroyd Gala Queen Elsa Wilson

Mytholmroyd Gala Queen Elsa Wilson

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Mytholmroyd Gala Queen Elsa Wilson will switch on the Christmas lights in two towns later this month - and it has been announced that there will be a gala in 2015 .

Elsa will switch on the lights in Hebden bridge on November 20 and in Mytholmroyd on November 21, at around 4pm to 4.30pm in both cases.

Mytholmroyd Gala chairman said Elsa had been asked to do the job by Mayor of Hebden Royd Coun Jonathan Timbers and was axcited and honoured to play a high profile role in both towns’ Christmas.

George added that following a majority decision among committee members there would be a gala in 2015 after a difficult year this year which tied in with the Tour De France and ran over two days, but they would require more volunteers.

He said: “We hope there is a gala next year providing we can recruit volunteers.

“It took its toll this year having to put on a two-day event. It didn’t help by resignations just before the event and left with just a handful of volunteers who almost killed themselves trying to keep it together and not to let the village down.

“Hebden Bridge hub had taken our trade away but we had not been informed until it was too late.

“It drained our funds trying to compete and brought little crowds, less than we were promised. Hebden Bridge town centre was also hit.

“We need more volunteers now to help organise it, even people to just help on the day even if you don’t want to be a member,” he said.

There is an early opportunity for people to show their support.

The Gala Queen, Elsa, and her mother are organising a family party at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on December 5 to raise funds for the gala.

More details will be given closer to the time, said George, who added that the 2015 gala would be staged more on its traditional lines.

The Saturday regular parade and gala part of this year’s event had proved as popular as ever.

“Let’s go back to the normal traditional gala that we all love and enjoy,” he said.