Manea’s 60th annual gala promises to be a diamond of a day

Flashback to Manea gala 2014

Flashback to Manea gala 2014 - Credit: Archant

The bunting is up and the final preparations are well underway for the 60th anniversary of Manea Gala which is being held next Saturday July 11.

Vander Brothers wheel of death will be a Manea gala

Vander Brothers wheel of death will be a Manea gala - Credit: Archant

The event promises to be a diamond day with plenty of fun for all the family from the carnival parade to the main ring entertainment.

This year’s main attraction is the Vander Brothers Wheel of Death and the performers are set to wow the crowds with not one but three shows of their death defying, high flying acrobatics.

There promises to be more floats in this year’s parade which sets off from Station Road from about 11.30am. Among the floats will be one carrying this year’s gala queen, prince and princesses.

Tia Wayman is this year’s gala queen and Charlie Martin is the head prince, the gala princesses are: Emily Pennell, Tabitha Wills, Lalita Coultas, Niamh Waugh, Ella Hankins, Ellie Waters, Leah Chambers. Lily Crib, Keira Rimmer and the princes are: Jamie Tweed and Joseph Carrington.

Flashback to Manea gala 2014

Flashback to Manea gala 2014 - Credit: Archant


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The playing field in Park Road will be alive with stalls, games and exhibitions including a huge collection of veteran and vintage vehicles.

Entry to the field is free. The arena events include a dog show, a beer tent entertainment that includes a demonstration by 3Sixty Mountain Bikes.

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Other fun activities include water zorbing balls, giant slides, fun fair rides crazy golf.

A highlight of the afternoon promises to by a flypast by the Battle of Britain flight (weather permitting).

Flashback to Manea gala 2014

Flashback to Manea gala 2014 - Credit: Archant

Pet owners can show-off their canine friends in the annual gala dog show which has classes that include waggiest tale, and dog most like its owner.

The fun will continue into the evening with live music from a variety of bands to suit most tastes including blues and rock. Among those performing are: The Mayfields, Melody Beats, God Hates Astronauts and The Emergency Room.

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