SLIDESHOW: Thornton’s finest parade in years

Families joined musicians, cheerleaders and schoolchildren for an annual day of summer joy.

Thornton Gala’s parade around the town was back for 2014 after a year’s absence, and around 700 people took part in the procession.

A pipe band leads the procession at Thornton Gala

A pipe band leads the procession at Thornton Gala

The gala had been underthreat earlier in the year when organisers feared a lack of marshals would put a stop to the annual fun day.

However, a surge of volunteers saw the gala go ahead without a hitch.

Debbie Lindsay, chairman of the Thornton Gala organising committee, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day.

“We had a parade again this year, which was the best I’ve seen in 10 years.

Great day: Clifton and Salwick Rose Queen

Great day: Clifton and Salwick Rose Queen

“It was a big relief to get it going this year, and we have to praise our parade marshal who worked hard to get this all to come together.

“We had more people come out to watch this year, and I think people missed the parade.”

The parade was followed by performances on King George Playing Fields by Manor Beach Primary School’s cheerleaders and The People, a local band.