June 19, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Evening News

When the Princess Royal arrives in Leeds on Saturday to open the travelling Festival of Britain Exhibition on Woodhouse Moor she will be welcomed by the Lord-Lieut of the West Riding, the Earl of Scarborough and the Lord Mayor, Lieut.-Col. F. Eric Tetley.

A distinguished gathering will also include the Lord Mayors of York, Hull, and Bradford, Mayors of nine West Riding towns, the Bishop of Ripon (Dr G. A. Chase), the Vicar of Leeds (Canon A. S. Reeves), the Vice-Chancellor of Leeds University (Mr. C. E. Morris), the President of the Free Church Council (Dr. Leatherland) and Canon Bradley, representing the Bishop of Leeds.

The Army will be represented by the G.O.C.-in-C. Northern Command, Lieut.-General Sir Philip Balfour.

London visitors will include the Director-General of the Festival of Britain, Mr Gerald Barry, who received a knighthood in the Birthday Honours list, and Mr. C. Cooke, Director of Exhibitions.

The opening ceremony will also be attended by the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Tetley, Ald. James Croysdale, Ald. D. Beevers, Mr. O. A. Radley (Town Clerk) and members of the Festival Committee, local M.P.s and other civic representatives and officials.


The Princess Royal will be accompanied by the lady-in-Waiting , Lady Paynter.

On the opening day there will be 12 major events, including military displays at the exhibition and also at Roundhay Park, athletics, University Rag procreation, parachute jumping, flat and cycle racing, fireworks display and many musical attractions.

The exhibition lasts until July 14 and during this period city shops and streets will be profusely decorated and 93 shopkeepers are offering 754 spot prizes in a special competition divided into nine classes.


J. and H. McLaren Ltd. Leeds engineers, are loaning to Leeds Corporation a 55 k.w diesel electric stand-by generating set to supply power and light for the marquee at the Festival Exhibition staging “Fairgrounds through the Ages.”

It will be serviced and maintained by McLaren engineers.