|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTIt is hardly surprising that this week's issue is largely concerned with Gala Day, and its overall success. Complete success in such a large venture, and at the first attempt, would be quite amazing, however. And no doubt the 'post mortem' meeting earlier this week noted many refinements for future Gala Days. If you have any views on how improvements can be made, try to find out if your point was covered at this meeting. If it wasn't, one of The Standard's functions is to permit people to air reasonable comment.
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GALA DAYAided by fine weather, and backed by a lot of hard work, Winwick's first Gala Day has been, by general consent, a success. More than 3,000 programmes were sold and, while numbers are notoriously difficult to estimate on such occasions, it appeared that most who bought programmes did come on the day. The result, in monetary terms, from programmes, stalls and side-shows etc., will probably be in excess of £1,000. After outstanding bills have been met the remainder will go to the League of Friends. The result in terms of spectacle and entertainment was a splendid afternoon and evening for all comers. The arrival of the Gala Queen was certainly spectacular and her starting of the central event It's a Knock-Out, set in motion a variety of well-received entertainments. The Knock-Out van finally won by Orford Secondary Modern team, with English Martyrs second, Bank & Records came third, and took the K.O. Cup as the highest placed 'home' entrants. 300 children competed in special races, while countless others rode donkeys, trains and tractors. Many people took the opportunity of looking round the Farm and Gardens and, all in all, the day was a significant exercise in public relations. Bob Greaves, and everyone who started, judged or joined in in any way, deserve the warmest praise, taking the odd hitches in their stride and crowning many weeks of preparation by their efforts on the day. In the light of experience gained during this first Gala Day it should be possible to ensure that this becomes an annual event of increasing value.
Hospital Secretary.Everyone concerned with the Hot Dog Stall wishes to express their thanks to Mr. Bainbridge, Mr. Aston, the Engineer's staff and everyone else who assisted in making Gala Day a most enjoyable and successful one.
We would like to thank everyone who helped with the preparation and running of the Coconut Shy for Unit Six.