Festival prizes in Leeds shops

June 26, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Post

SCHOOLBOYS in Leeds have discovered a new form of spotting that may prove more profitable than railway engine numbers. The spotting competition organised by the Leeds Chamber of Commerce during the city’s Festival celebrations, has started them scanning shop windows for the 766 prizes.

Each of the 30,000 official handbooks bears a number, and winning numbers are those which correspond to the numbers displayed on articles in the windows of 170 shops in the city centre.

From my office window, yesterday, I watched a lad earnestly jotting down numbers and shop names in a large notebook, presumably with the object of passing on the information to friends and relatives. Whether the search was purely disinterested or not, I cannot say.

Royal advice

A suggestion made by the Princess Royal at the opening of the Festival in Leeds, that if you buy a well chosen souvenir and keep it safely, it will give your descendants of the year 2051 a chance to see what our workmanship and ideas were like in 1951, will meet with hearty approval from the trade, I am sure.

Unfortunately, the number of well designed souvenirs available seems to be regrettably small. Some of the hand blocked silk and rayon squares, picturing London landmarks and features of the South Bank Exhibition,

are very attractive at prices from 13s. 11d. to three guineas, but few of the smaller objects do justice to the present-day craftsmanship.

It was different at the time of the Coronation when the choice was very wide.

Going over the Travelling Exhibition on Woodhouse Moor, I was told by one of the attendants that a pair of women’s gloves and a telescope had disappeared within a few hours of the opening.

Northerner has already commented on the lack of pageantry at this ceremony. Later visitors, like myself, have been equally disappointed to find that, in an otherwise well laid out garden at te entrance, there should be such a poor show of flowers.

Allowing for between-season difficulties, one would have thought that the Leeds Parks Department, with all their resources, could have produced at least one bed of something more colourful than half-opened brown roses.


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