It’s an annual event that stretches back almost a century and organisers are looking for a volunteer to help continue an important part of the tradition.

Ravensknowle Children’s Gala at Ravensknowle Park in Moldgreen was founded in 1927 and a parade through local streets has been held for over 60 years.

However, the parade is under threat unless a new volunteer organiser can be found.

The gala committee works hard to put on an event which attracts thousands of people to the park every year.

The gala, which includes arena acts, entertainment and stalls, is aimed at children aged between four and 14 and offers all youngsters from the local area a free tea.

A gala prince and princess are chosen in March and they will lead a parade through Dalton and Moldgreen, accompanied by a marching band and majorettes.

Often the procession includes other groups and last year it was members of The Sealed Knot, a civil war re-enactment society.

The committee now has a vacancy for a parade organiser and full training and support will be given to anyone who wants to get involved.

David Smith, programme secretary, said: “This is a key position that we really need to fill if the parade is to continue.

“While there’s much to be done, we have a template and all the knowledge ready to pass on. The role involves organising the parade itself, helping recruit and manage a team of stewards for gala day and, of course, arranging the traffic management for the route.

“The gala is a really important event for the local community and one that everyone looks forward to and remembers growing up.

“It’s the biggest event that happens in Ravensknowle Park and it’s a free event too, which means families with children can come along for a full afternoon’s entertainment that doesn’t have to cost you a penny.

“The parade is a really important part of what we do because it gets us out there and noticed and encourages people to come to the park.”

The committee would also like to hear from any local businesses which may be able to supply as many as three flatback lorries that would be suitable for floats.

Preparations are well underway for this year’s gala which takes place on Sunday June 30 (noon-6pm).

Anyone who can help should ring 07599 715537, e-mail or go to the website at or search for Ravensknowle Gala on Facebook.