Budleigh Salterton Gala Week attracts hundreds

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010

Video by Stacey Santucci

Video by Stacey Santucci

THE final few days of Budleigh Salterton Gala Week have been a whirlwind of entertainment as hundreds flocked to the town to drink in every last drop of family fun.

THE final few days of Budleigh Salterton Gala Week have been a whirlwind of entertainment as hundreds flocked to the town to drink in every last drop of family fun.

Although some events were postponed and rescheduled because of wet weather, the rain could not dampen spirits as families threw themselves into the spirit of the week.

Gala week chairman Geoff Paver said: "There was a terrific atmosphere in the town. I would like to thank everybody for understanding that we had to change things because of the weather."

Youngsters turned to pedal power in an attempt to win the cycling competition's cash prize organised by police community support officers.

Parents' handicraft, creativity and sewing skills were given the opportunity to shine at the Budleigh Salterton Scouts' children's fancy dress parade.

Budleigh Salterton group scout leader Alan Lowe said 11-14 class winner Saphra Hogdon, from London, had been entering the parade since she was four years old.

"All the costumes were handmade. Everyone put a lot of effort into it," said Mr Lowe. "It's so difficult to judge. They are all so good. There is quite a lot of discussion that takes place to establish the winner."

Making crafty creatures at Budleigh Salterton's Methodist Church, was popular as budding young artists used glue, feathers, sequins, glitter and material to make some stunning creations.

Creepy-crawlies, snakes and spiders attracted many youngsters to the Venture Hall for the Really Wild World show where they were invited to get up close to some wild and whacky creatures.

The town's chamber of commerce family fun run heralded the end of gala week as 138 children and adults pulled on their running shoes and set off from the Lime Kiln car park.

Batman, a host of fairies, the town's firefighters, dogs and their owners and retired Budleigh neighbourhood beat manager PC Kim Chapman were just a few of the throng who pounded the pavements.

Chamber of commerce social secretary Pauline Swannell said: "It was brilliant. I would like to thank everybody who took part and everyone who helped us or loaned us equipment.

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