Saturday, 19 July 2014

Relief as climate change makes Proms on the Farm a sparkling success 

Above: Silsden's 11th annual Proms on the Farm fund-raising treat was given a civic send-off by the Bradford district's deputy lord mayor, Councillor Roger L'Amie (left), and deputy lady mayoress, Mrs Liz Smith, who opened the event. They are pictured with Silsden's deputy town mayor, Councillor Keith Savage, who judged the best-dressed gazebo competition.
Above: the Proms on the Farm organisers, left to right, are Rosalie Holroyd, Stewart and Fiona Hanson, and Sylvia Atkinson. The event, held at Sycamore Farm, Brunthwaite, has raised an amazing £100,000 over the years for the Manorlands hospice and Silsden Methodist Church's community work. This year's showpiece, on Saturday, July 19, was blessed with a dry evening after a day of downpours and brought in around £11,000 for the two causes.
Above: Le Tour has left but the party goes on. This group of 43 family and friends of Paul Rae (fourth from left at back) won the best-dressed gazebo competition.
Above: much merriment for the Last of the Summer Wine lookalikes.
Above: hoe-down time for Tony and Bib Bailey (fourth and fifth from right) and friends.
Above: game for a laugh. Silsden gala committee went with a Cluedo theme.
Above: the renowned Skelmanthorpe Brass Band, conducted by Martin Hall, headlined. Formed in 1843, it is one of the oldest brass bands in the country.
Above: popular local singer Sarah Halstead (right) was the soloist for Last Night of the Proms favourites played by the Skelmanthorpe band. Sarah is pictured with Juliet Johnson, who also sang.
Above: family and friends organised a surprise 60th birthday gathering for Peter Kaye, of Silsden, who is pictured above (third from left) with his wife Joanna, daughter Alex, son-in-law Andrew, brother David and Chi Chi Wu.
Above: a party at the Proms celebrated Emma Wilding's 40th birthday. Emma is pictured standing seventh from the right.
Above: the Proms take place at Sycamore Farm, by permission of Mrs Jean Newns, who is pictured (second from left) with (left to right) granddaughter Nicola Wood, Beverley Sanderson and Dorothy Daniels.
Above: the Sultans of Swing got everyone in the mood with classic tunes to open the Proms. The 29-piece band was formed in January.
Above: Robert, 11, Daniel, 9, and Freya, 6,  enjoyed the Sultans of Swing with mum and dad Richard and Susan Sroka.
Above: well-suited. Left to right are Glen Waterhouse, Philip Sedgwick and Richard Spencer.
Above: from the Moonshine gazebo are, left to right, Laura Waterhouse, Janet Brent, Sue Boothman, Laura Boothman and Sally Morrow with Jayne Fort at front.
Above: raffle tickets were sold by (left to right) Sue Gatenby, Judith Isherwood and Alison Dinsdale.
Above: John Lohan (right) compered the event, assisted by Stewart Hanson (left). They are pictured with Dale Gatenby, who was responsible for the electrical installations.
Above: The Big Bang entertained with 60s rock music. Left to right are Steve Wilson, Kieran Nuttall, B. J. Walmsley and Stan Greenwood.
Above: musical sisters Emily and Beatrice Overend. Emily plays baritone sax for the Sultans of Swing. Both are members of the Bradford Youth Orchestra, with which they toured Germany recently.

Above: ......and a good time was had by all, as can also be seen from the following photos.