Don’t Rain On Colne’s Parade!

by Colne Life magazine

Colne Gala 2024 attendees didn't let the rain spoil the fun.

Colne’s motto ‘We Long Endure’, was truly exemplified when locals woke up to a downpour on Saturday, the 15th June – Colne Gala Day. However, the torrential rain ceased the moment Colne’s Gala procession made its way through the town.

Colne Gala 2024

Stacy Faulkner from CYAG enjoying the celebrations

The parade was met with a warm reception from locals, who took delight in the diverse array of floats decorated by our very own local charities, schools, and clubs. Local councillor Neil Butterworth said, “You can never tell what the weather will be like, but everyone involved carried on regardless; you can’t let it stop you; even if it has been snowing, we would still have made it!”

Gary Seed

Run by volunteers, the Gala has been an important annual event in the Colne calendar for over 75 years, and it will continue to be when, in 2025, Colne Town Council ‘takes the reins’ off Neil Butterworth and Gary Seed, the current organisers of over 20 years. We had the opportunity to speak with former Gala organiser Gary to gain insight into his involvement and experiences over the years. Check out the interview here!

ColneLife July/Aug 24