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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Cheerleaders, canine capers and bands at Upperby Gala

Revellers old and young gathered to eat ice cream, sit in the sun and take in the fun at a gala day.

Upperby Gala photo
Gala crowds enjoyed fine dry weather

Families turned out in their hundreds to enjoy the experience of Upperby Gala at Hammonds Pond in Carlisle.

Rock climbing, a dog show, dancers, music and an inflatable slide were just some of the attractions on show for visitors.

Shirel Hayton was at the gala with the city-based Heroes Cheerleading Club. The group included a wide age range who showcased their talents for the crowds.

Club instructor Shirel said: “They’re doing the routine that they competed with in Newcastle this weekend.

“They’re doing cheerleading and street dancing. We’re just here for fun and to show what people in Cumbria can do. They are really good.”

Sounds from Carlisle Music City drifted across the site as youngsters gleefully threw themselves down a giant inflatable slide.

There were a variety of playground equipment available, as well as a zip wire and rock climbing wall.

And for revellers at the older end of the scale there was a display of unusual and vintage cars and tractors.

Tom Falder, of Shap, brought an orange Ford tractor that had been in his family for generations.

He said: “It’s a family heirloom. It got burned in a fire in about 1950 and they wanted to get rid of it. You get a lot of interest in it, especially when I use it for ploughing.”

Dog-lovers gathered around an obstacle course where leaders led trained animals through tunnels and over jumps. Trainer Faye Nemeth was appearing with her three collies Floss, Mac and Jess.

She said: “I’ve been doing this for 11 years and the best bit is the relationship that you get with your dogs.”

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