Kirkby British Legion to host Gala Day in town

Brian Dykes who is one of the organisers of a fun day to be held by the Royal British Legion in Kirkby.
Brian Dykes who is one of the organisers of a fun day to be held by the Royal British Legion in Kirkby.

A gala day, which will include free pony rides, a bouncy castle and a host of other activities, is set to take place at Kirkby’s Kingsway Park.

The event has been organised by the Kirkby branch of the Royal British Legion and will take place on 14th July between 11am and 6pm.

Doreen Dickens, who has organised the gala day alongside branch chairman Brian Dykes, said that it will build on the success of previous events.

She said: “This is the third one we have done. We did one for the British Legion’s 90th anniversary and then we did one last year for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“This time, it is just for the people of Ashfield.”

At the gala day, there will be plenty of attractions including a beer tent, vintage cars and fire engines and the Sealed Knot re-enactment society will be bringing the Roundheads and Cavaliers back to life.

In addition, there will be entertainment from the Kirkby Colliery Welfare Band, the Festival Swing Dance Band and Happy Feet along with food and drink. Representatives from the armed forces will also be attending.

The organisers wanted to hold an event which was free for everyone to enjoy and which would bring together members of the community.

Doreen says: “Every time we have done this event we have seen people in groups with people they haven’t seen for a while even if it’s a neighbour who lives down the street.

“It’s just generally a good get-together.”

At the event, there will be collection buckets so that people can make a donation to the Kirkby Royal British Legion, which helps members of the armed services, veterans and their families in the Kirkby area.

For further information on the British Legion, including what services it provides and how it can help visit www.britishlegion.org.uk.