Mytholmroyd Gala 2014 is ready to roll - and Dene and Bonnie added to bill

Black Lace star Dene Michael is added to the bill - he'll appear on Sunday, the second day of the two-day event
Black Lace star Dene Michael is added to the bill - he'll appear on Sunday, the second day of the two-day event

Black Lace star Dene Michael a long-time friend of Mytholmroyd Gala, will be appearing at this year’s two-day event.

Dene, “Mr Agadoo” himself, is expected to take to the stage on Sunday afternoon’s star-studded programme, and likely to bring his Mr Agadoo puppet with him!

He is the latest addition to the bill which features live performers on the evening of Saturday, July 5, when the regular gala is also followed by an “M” Factor talent competition from about 5.45pm, and on Sunday, July 6, when the gala also features a big 20 metre square screen to enable people to watch the Tour De France, until around 9pm.

Singer Bonnie from X Factor has also been added to the Sunday bill.

On Saturday, July 5, the parade starts from Orchard Park Industrial Estate, Scout Road, Mytholmroyd, at noon. It makes its way through the village to the gala site at Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, where the on-field opening takes place at around 12.55pm.

Gala secretary George Sumner said that Cecilia, wife of the late Dougie Mansfield, had agreed to open the gala.

For three decades Dougie ran his cycle shop in the village and passed away recently.

He had been greatly interested in the Tour De France coming to his village and always had an interest in his community - Sunday, July 6, would have been his 67th birthday.

Speeches will be made and reigning Gala Queen Charlotte Alderson will hand over her crown to her successor, Elsa Wilson.

From 2pm entertainment including Burnley Road Academy Choir, whose repertoire includes the new Mythomroyd song, and Hebden Bridge Junior Band. Sambblifax drummers, Todmorden Belly Dancers and Bazzmatazz dance troupe also provide entertainment.

Folowing the “M” Factor competition, a galaxy of music stars entertain until late. They include X-Factor entrant KT Star Markham, who is a fine vocalist in the Adele style, Melissa Radway (a great Shirley Bassey tribute), country star Hank Muldoon, classical duo Dvo Epico, Emmy McDonald, Laura Bridgens, Danny Yeo, who brings her remarkable Amy Winehouse tribute act, Lottie Brown, who sings with Joss Stone, Rick Wild from number 1 hitmakers the Overlanders, who will also be compering events from around 4pm.

Big band Ignition will close the Saturday show and also play on Sunday, July 6.

On Sunday, July 6, entertainment includes magician Steve Gore, whose talented daughter contributes to his act, Elvis tribute singer DV Elvis, and Tracy Goodwin, the definitive Dusty Springfield tribute act, and well as Dene and Bonnie.

From Friday, July 4, to Sunday, July 6, there will be a fairground to enjoy. Both main days have lots of stalls and there are also large hospitality tents to take a break in.

Pre-day tickets for Saturday, July 5, are £2 for adults and £1.50 for children, available from local shops displaying gala stickers in their windows. On the day the prices are £3 for adults and £2 for children. For race day, Sunday, July 6, pre-day tickets are £3 for all, with on the gate on the day prices rising to £5. Lots of information on the Mytholmroyd Gala Facebook site,


To cater for the expected crowds on both days, 30 toilets are being made available. It’s all set - all that’s left is for you come along and have a good time!