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Skipton Charities Gala
Coming to town tomorrow – Saturday 13th June. The Skipton and District Cottage Hospital had been built at the time of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee but the funding was proving very difficult. The decision was made to hold a gala to raise money for the hospital, and a committee was formed from many local people. The first gala took place on Saturday 13th July 1901 on the Brick Buildings Fields off Bailey Road.
The gala commenced with a “Grand Procession”, including the “Public Bodies of the Town”, “Trade Societies”, cars, cyclists, comic bands and six other bands. Prizes for various classes in the procession were donated by “The Gentry and Tradesmen of the Town”. Circus acts entertained on the field together with a Punch & Judy and Keighley Parish Church Athletic Team. Extra trains ran from miles around to enable people to get to the grand event.
A huge crowd joined in the fun and the whole day was a great success; so much so that it was decided to have a Hospital Day every year. Many locals joined in the organising of the gala with several sub-committees to help with the work involved.
After the NHS was formed the hospital was funded from central government so the gala continued with the profits going to local charities.
Today a small group keep the tradition of the gala going and continue to support local organisations. Any helpers are always welcome both on the day and in the organisation of the event.
If you would like to help with the continuing success of the gala then please contact the organisers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rendezvous with Relaxation
When a hotel is called the Rendezvous, there’s a certain expectation that people are going to meet up there.
And in the case of the Rendezvous at Skipton in North Yorkshire, that’s never in doubt – there’s always something going on and there’s a buzz about the place even on the quietest of days with people getting together.
It’s hard to ignore as you drive in or out of the Dales market town on the Keighley road, because it was built in warm sandstone to reflect the look of the many converted mills and warehouses in this part of the world and backs directly onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal…
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