Gala brings out the best in local acts

Poulton Gala will boast a vintage theme in its centenary year, and the owner of Home Comforts on Tithebarn Street Ellen Whiteside is selling framed prints of the 1913 procession to help raise funds for the gala.'Ellen in Edwardian dress with one of the prints.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-5-2013

Poulton Gala will boast a vintage theme in its centenary year, and the owner of Home Comforts on Tithebarn Street Ellen Whiteside is selling framed prints of the 1913 procession to help raise funds for the gala.'Ellen in Edwardian dress with one of the prints. PIC BY ROB LOCK'15-5-2013

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A traditional festival will bring a nostalgic feel to a Wyre town when businesses get into the vintage spirit.

Poulton Gala takes place on June 1 and traders are throwing their weight behind the annual event which brings families and businesses together.

Organisers have encouraged traders in the town centre to join in with a vintage theme by dressing their windows ahead of the big day.

It is hoped more than 100 businesses will get involved.

Ellen Whiteside, manager of Home Comforts, on Ball Street, Poulton, has prepared a vintage window display and is selling images of Poulton’s Gala from 1913.

She said: “This is a community affair and everyone likes to get involved and it’s nice to be a part of it.

“People always enjoy it every year and it’s great for the town because everyone gets together and has fun.

“If people have a good day and they know how fantastic it is, they will come back year after year. Last year was a good gala and I hope this year’s is going to be even better.”

Roger Critchley, a member of the Poulton Gala committee, added: “What we are hoping for is a really fine day where people can come out and enjoy themselves and have fun.

“We have people going round collecting money from the traders, who always support it financially and with their moral support.

“There’s a big change from what it used to be and the day helps traders and brings people into the town which is good for them.”

This year’s event is also expected to see an extended parade through the town.