THE village of Crossgates was out in force on Saturday as it celebrated its annual gala.

Not content with one day out in the sun, the community came together for a week of events before the weekend with football competitions, long-distance runs and a quiz.

The traditional gala on Saturday included a parade, inflatables, a family fun fair, races for all ages, a five-a-side football tournament and of course the tug of war.

Ross Bennet, chairman of Crossgates Gala, said: "It was a brilliant day for us. The weather was fantastic, the whole of Crossgates came out and there was quite a few from elsewhere too.

"Everybody had a great time

"The committee ended up winning the tug of war but there was so many people helping us I don't think there was no way we could've lost!

"It was all about the kids and families for us - it was them that made it."

The royal party for the 2018 gala included; Queen Millie Mudd and Princesses Nicole Graham and Maicee Bremner.

The day also included demonstrations from local clubs such as martial arts, karate, dancers, pipe bands and samba bands.

Ross added: "We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who have worked hard to raise money all year so everybody in Crossgates can enjoy the gala.

"It takes a fair amount of money to put this all together and we couldn't do it without them.

"It's also a big thank you to the committee from me."