ORGANISERS of Saturday’s Colne Gala have hailed an ‘amazing’ turnout at this year’s event.

The gala’s showpiece procession had been under-threat because of a marshalling issue, but after being saved hundreds of well-wishers turned out to applaud the 20 floats that made their way through the town.

The sun shone down on revellers as they enjoyed an afternoon’s entertainment which included Water Brass Band, a tug-of-war, stuntman Joseph Peace, Colne’s Got Talent, and live music from Cover It.

Coun Neil Butterworth, who helped organise the event, said: “It was an amazing day. The weather really helped bring the crowds out.

“The band, Cover It, were exceptional and the sight of the eight tug-of-war winners pulling 35 children around on the rope was something else.

“Planning for next year’s gala begins in two weeks and our priority is to get more floats in the procession. It used to take almost 90 minutes and we’d like to get it back to that level.”

* For pictures of this event see tomorrow's Lancashire Telegraph