Leeds nostalgia: Clip from Yorkshire Film Archive shows damage from Blitz

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This week’s film, courtesy of Yorkshire Film Archive, documents a trip taken by Holmfirth tradesmen to the countryside, Buxton and Belle Vue Zoo. Additionally, the film shows the devastation and destruction caused to buildings in Sheffield as a result of the Blitz during the Second World War.

An image of the Holmfirth Chamber of Trade sign is followed by a woman typing, a letter being put through a store door, an entry being made into a minute book and signs showing shops closed, including the shops John Howarth’s, Schofield’s and Wallaces. One of the tradesmen brushes his teeth and polishes his shoes getting ready for the trip.

Entitled ‘Resolved first stop will be at’ and ‘Now for the fray’, there are some brief scenes of bomb damaged buildings in Sheffield, followed by the party of traders waiting outside the Devonshire Arms Hotel, with the women photographing each other sitting on the running board of a car. To see the full clip, visit: tinyurl.com/p2q8sar

Do you have an old film gathering dust somewhere in your house, in the loft or hidden away in a box at the back of the garage? If so, get in touch.