Mytholmroyd Gala Committee is determined to create a lasting legacy from this year’s event.
Having given nearly £5,000 to 20 local organisations from last year’s gala - including £500 to Calder High School - the committee is determined to take advantage of the extra footfall expected to be generated from the Grand Depart passing through the village.
The gala will take place on the weekend of July 5 and 6 and attract music stars, past and present, and well as give the chance for a local singer to win a record contract.
With a theme of “Mytholmroyd welcomes the Grand Départ – bicycles, French culture and local achievements” - the event is aimed at promoting local crafts, artists, musicians, caterers and businesses.
Gala chairman George Sumner said: “Our objective is to produce a memorable occasion for the local community, which will also be a catalyst for creating Mytholmroyd legacy projects – providing amenities for the Mytholmroyd community (especially the children), attracting visitors to the area and improving the prospects for local shops and businesses.”
The gala will start with the parade on the Saturday. After reaching Burnley Road playing fields, there will be an opening ceremony with guest celebrities. There will be a comprehensive programme of entertainment and activities, afternoon and evening, including: amateur and professional performers on stage; stalls, beer and food tents; a traditional fairground; and the M Factor - where talented singers from across Calderdale have the chance to win a record deal.
On the Sunday, there will be a large screen TV on the field to follow the race and there will be all-day entertainment, exhibitions and catering – culminating with a spectacular closing ceremony.
Star names already confirmed include: Dene Michael from Black Lace, Hank Muldoon and the Muldoon brothers, Tracey Goodwin, Bonnie, Craig Harper and Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts from Coronation Street).
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