Leeds nostalgia: Yorkshire show reel from 1957

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The Great Yorkshire Show is the North’s leading agricultural event which takes place annually in July at the Harrogate Showground.

Made by Nancliff Films, this film documents the 100th Great Yorkshire Show.

The film shows the entire event from the preparations to the final cleaning of the grounds and includes scenes of many of the exhibitions and events including a special visit by Queen Elizabeth.

The film begins with an empty stadium set out for horse jumping. The showground is being prepared: marquees are set up, fences fixed, flowers watered, tractors put on display, and lorries arrive bringing sheep, cattle, and pigs. Baby goats in a pen are being fed from milk bottles, and animals are washed.

There is a parade of police on horseback, cars arrive via Wetherby road and park, and people approach one of the entrances. The Mayor’s Parlour is bedecked in flowers.

The film ends with the grounds empty, and a clean up operation is underway to clear up all the litter.

The stands are dismantled, and the gates are closed signalling the end of this year’s show.

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