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25 August 2019

ALL the fun of the fair gripped the village on a lovely sunny day on Saturday 24th August 2019 at the 93rd Lynemouth Children's Gala, which took place at Lynemouth Welfare Ground from 11.00 a.m. The Parish Council again supported this year's Gala with a £600.00 grant towards the prize money for the children's races.

The Gala was celebrated in full glory, with attractions, displays, games, a fun fair and bouncy castle, as well as the traditional fancy dress.

The new Gala Queen kicked off the event as she was crowned, before parading around the village on a float with her royal party of attendants. Along with the Queen of the Gala other attendance winners featured on the float.

The Northumberland Church of England Academy Combined Cadet Force (NCEA CCF) pipes and drums played on the day and led the Gala Queen's Float and parade, the biggest part of the event.

The Gala is a long standing traditional event in the pit village since 1926, the year of the General Strike, with its roots in the warm hearted generosity of the mining communities where people saved hard from their meager pay to fund a celebration of youth and community spirit every year with a fun family day out. Thank you to all who help keep this proud ethos alive and strong in Lynemouth.

[In some places they pronounce Gala as "gay-la", but in the UK we say "gar-la", since the word originally comes to us from Italian and Spanish and they pronounce it as it is done in the UK. It doesn't matter, both pronunciations are acceptable].

Contact: Audrey Turnbull, 36 Ingleby Terrace, Lynemouth.

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