Some events are synonymous with their location. New Orleans has its Mardi Gras, Rio has its carnival, Pamplona has its bull run …. and Halifax has its Charity Gala.

For over half a century the second Sunday in June has seen people crowd onto the back of brightly decorated wagons, proffer charity collection tins, and smile like there is no tomorrow.

I took photographs back in the 1960s as the procession progressed from Woolshops to Manor Heath. If you look carefully you may spot your younger self or your father’s great Aunt Mary.

Fashions may have changed, and the train rides and coconut shies may be a little more expensive, but the backdrop is the same. It’s largely the same architecture, it’s still the same dedication to helping worthwhile causes; it’s still the same charity gala.

Alan Burnett