After two years of poor weather, the sun shone on Stanley Village Gala on Saturday, as hundreds of folk joined the parade and carnival.
There was even an unscheduled flypast from the Red Arrows on their way to the National Armed Forces Day celebrations in Nottingham!
The parade, which included performances from Ilkeston Brass and children from Stanley St Andrew’s CofE School, passed through the village to the park in Coronation Road where there were fun and games including face-painting, bouncy castles and sweet stalls.
Pat Carroll, from the Stanley Village Community Association, which organised the gala, said the warm weather helped to raise more than £1,500 – the biggest total in years.
“It went really well,” she said.
“It was a great total which makes up for the last two years when the weather wasn’t very good.”
The funds go towards the association’s fund for the upkeep of Stanley Village Hall and events in the village.