Leeds’s busy programme of Festival events

June 19, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Post

The opening of the travelling Festival Exhibition at Woodhouse Moor, Leeds, by the Princess Royal on Saturday will be a curtain-raiser to a score of events planned to celebrate Britain’s Festival Year in the city. On the opening say alone there will be 12 major events covering music, the theatre, athletics, military marching and several exhibitions.

The Princess Royal will be welcomed by the Earl of Scarborough, Lord-Lieutentant of the West Riding; and among those present will be the Lord Mayors of Leeds, York, Hull and Bradford; nine mayors from the West Riding; the G.O.C-in-C. Northern Command (Lieut-General Sir Philip Balfour0; the Bishop of Ripon (Dr. G. A. Chase); the Vicar of Leeds (Canon A. S. Reeve); the Vice-Chancellor of Leeds University (Mr C. R. Morris); the President of the Free Church Council (Dr Leatherland); the very Rev. Canon Bradley (representing the Bishop of Leeds) and the chairmaon of the West Riding County Council (Mr. J. H. Armistead).

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

Other events for Saturday include the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra exhibition of valuable music scores, Donna Roma open-air ballet, “Merrie England,” Shopping Festival (764 window spotting prizes), University Rag Week parade and sports, parachute jumping, fireworks, military march-past, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” open-air dances and an exhibition of fairgrounds through the ages.

Their first job

The 60 attendants who have been appointed to control the crowds at the travelling exhibition were yesterday doing their first job. It was that of trying on their handsome made-to-measure uniforms in a quiet corner under the 100,000 square feet of canvas where order out of chaos is gradually being produced by an army of nearly 100 workmen.

The attendants – 35 of whom are Leeds University students – will be paid £6 for a 48-hour week. They will act as ‘queue’ marshalls outside the exhibition and will patrol inside to protect the exhibitis and see that viewers keep moving in the right direction.

Copies of the Leeds Festival programme of events are available at 6d. each (by post 9d.) from the head office and West Riding branch offices of “The Yorkshire Post,” and also from newsagents, the Leeds Civic Information Bureau and Leeds public libraries.

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