When Leeds celebrated the Silver Jubilee of King George V

This photo turns back the clock to a time when Leeds celebrated the first ever Silver Jubilee of a British Monarch.

PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net
PIC: Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

May 1935 marked 25 years of King George V as King and was celebrated with large-scale and popular events throughout the country.

This photo shows Wendy Howard, daughter of Leeds comedian Sydney Howard presenting mugs to the pupils of South View School in Yeadon.

Sydney, who appeared in a number of feature films during the 1920s and 1930s, had provided the mugs and intended to be there himself, but had been taken ill on holiday in Cairo.

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Afterwards the children were taken to Yeadon Town Hall, where their mugs were filled with tea and cakes were provided.

Standing right at the back in the doorway is headteacher Elsie Denison. Seated in front of her is Wendy Howard, the man on the left is Fred Jackson to the right is Councillor Dr Outhwaite. Most of the children have also been identified.

The photo is published courtesy of photographic archive Leodis, which is run by Leeds Library & Information Service. They also run heritage blog The Secret Library Leeds, which provides a behind the scenes look at the Central Library and highlights from its special collections, including rare books hidden away in the stacks.


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