63 photos you'll only understand if you enjoyed the Leeds Lord Mayor's Parade in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
It was the annual summer event which brought thousands onto the streets of Leeds.
By Andrew Hutchinson
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 2:01 pm
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The Lord Mayor’s Parade celebrated city life during the late 1970s through the 1980s and into the 1990s. It set off from Woodhouse Moor, travelling over a mile into the city centre and featured marching bands and hundreds of majorettes, alongside dozens of floats. It eventually finished up at Leeds Civic Hall where it was greeted by the Lord Mayor. We hope these photos bring back happy memories for those who took part or watched. READ MORE:26 photos you'll only understand if you've eaten fish and chips at Harry Ramsden's over the years |
Children lining The Headrow wave their flags. They include Simon and Sarah Finlay, and Pamela Waterman.
The parade makes its way to the Leeds Civic Hall.
The Leeds Metropolitan Foster Care Association float.
A leggy line-up of finalists in the Miss Leeds Metro contest at the side of the Lord Mayor's car.
The PHAB float.
Colour was provided in the parade by these characters on the Abbey National float.
This Lewis's float scooped the Lord Mayor's award for the best in the procession.
The Lewis's float proves popular.
Hundreds of people line the route as the Lord Mayor's Parade makes its way up Briggate.
Empty chairs greet the 'Moonies' float as the Lord Mayor delivers a snub to the controversial religious sect. Coun Eric Atkinson had promised to turn his back as they passed the rostrum - and he did just that.
This western steam engine and carriage has been decorated with more than 20,000 bows by display staff at Lewis's store. Girls on the float are Kay Milner, Christine Johnson, Lynne Almond and Helen Bentley.
Characters from the William Hill Bear Essentials float, Goldilocks Sarah Douglas,10 (centre) with two of her bears Wendy Ferguson and Ellen Higgins.
Despite the rain it was sunshine for the Lord Mayor Coun Doreen Jenner when a giant sun presented her with a batch of ballons from the Sun Life Assurance float.
A touch of Turkish delight in the city as the girls on the Bond Street Centre float take a breather.
Brownies full of Eastern Promise from Sherburn-in-Elmet at the Lord Mayor's Parade.
Enjoying the parade are these girls on the British Telecom float.
These friendly lions on the Midland Bank Noah's Ark float. Pictured are Dawn Wheelhouse and Pamela Mason, who both worked at the bank's Park Row branch.
The Woodhouse Christian Fellowship on its float promoting the Big Tent Event in Potternewton Park.
Two butterflies worth netting. Jackie Simpson, 24, Gillian Skinner, 22, of British Home Stores.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Doreen Jenner salutes the 1st Sherburn in Elmet Brownies as they pass the Civic Hall.
It's for you... hoo! The girls from British Telecom don various costumes from the firm's TV ads for their float.
An inspection of floats on Woodhouse Moor by the Lord Mayor (Coun Martin Dodgson) and Lady Mayoress of Leeds. Also pictured is Lord Mayor's Parade committee chairman David Sutton-Kirkby (left) and 'Miss Metro' Andrea Olson.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Martin Dodgson, talks to the Newlands Cheerettes.
Showtime... staff from the Leeds Dragonara Hotel have fun on their eye-catching float.
Telephonists and typists from British Telecom line up as their float tours the city.
The Lewis's float raised cheers all along the route.
A bird's eye view of the parade.
Sarah Edwards from Cookridge collecting for charity.
Staff from M&S in Leeds who were celebrating their Centenary Year. From left, Sue Barrett, Jackie Selby, Sue Moss, Evelyn Grice, Heather Fearnley, Sheila Shields, and Vijay Solanki on thei award-winning float.
The crowds line Briggate for the big parade.
Miss Leeds Metro Tina Wilson with parade chairman John Perse.
Have you spotted the man dressed as a Native American holding a Lewis's sale sign?
Smiling faces on the Salvation Army float.
The parade makes its way along The Headrow.
Members of Opera Noerth relax with a drink.
Miss Metro Angie Chapman waves to the crowds. An estimated 250,000 people saw the parade on the theme 'Large or small, Leeds walks tall'.
These smiling children from Leopold Primary in Chapeltown are Lavinia Browne, nine, and Shannel Hamilton (right) seven.
Three-year-old Sally West, the youngest member of the Thornhill Edge Rangers Majorettes.
The Leeds Gala float. Lining the side, from left, Maxine Walker, 11, Samantha Parkin, 16, Scott Banks, 11, Mark Metclaf, 12, Tracey Walker, 13 and at the front Steven Cross, six.
Miss Metro girls (ftrom left), Helen Hillman, 20, Lisa Wason, 18, Angie Vernam, 19, Michelle Williams, 19, Gail Barker, 19, Christine Roach, 17 and Caroline Haigh, 17.
Fundraising assistant Barbara Barrett with Kate Earl, six, on the Wheatfields float.
The Michelin Man collecting for charity on The Headrow.
Do you recognise these Miss Leeds Metro contestants?
The parade makes its way towards Leeds Civic Hall.
Four Jet Provosts honour the Lord Mayor with a fly-past.
Parade organisers. Back: Stephen Gill, Robert Henderson; David Gill, John Martin, John Perse, Richard Crawford, David Thompson. Front: Suzanne Perse, Alison Anderson, Amanda Hodgkinson, Kathy McLennan and Martin Allison.
The Lord Mayor with the gang from British Telecom.
Some of the children aboard the Wheartfield's Hospice float.
Hello, Petal... flower girls aboard the winning float from Lewis's.
Rolling along... Hoagy's Piano Bar float. From left, Bert Gaunt, Alison Gayle, Coral Brown, Christina Sawicki and Jan Zastepa.
Michelle Sanderson with a parade character.
The parade makes its way up Briggate.
The Leeds Pipe Band lead the parade.
Ghoul guides... Sherburn scouts, cubs and guides on their rattling good float.
The Lord Mayor takes a stroll with two cartoon characters.
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A smiling Miss Metro, Shelley Wilson, enjoys her big day at the parade.
The RNLI float.
Two children share a wheelchair to watch the parade.
Leeds General Infirmary's 'coronary aftercare' float.
Briggate stood still for the half-hour procession, including a brewery dray.
Lord Mayor's Parade organisers went Euro-crazy. Falg waving members of the Leeds Junior Chamber of Commerce were busy getting into the spirit.
Cool dudes in a 1959 Cadillac convertible are Disco Dick, and Brutus gold from the Love Train disco at the Town and Country Club.