Leeds nostalgia: Gymkhana fair shot by Leeds couple

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This week’s film clip, courtesy of Yorkshire Film Archive and available to view by clicking on the link on our website, was made by Leeds-based filmmakers Betty and Cyril Ramsden. This film features the Coxwold Gymkhana and Fair in 1951. The film also includes footage of a motorcycle race and cricket match as well as footage of one of the filmmakers, Betty Ramsden.

The film opens with the sign for the Fauconberg Arms pub followed by people queuing at stalls on the side of a street. Here women, including Betty Ramsden, are playing a game of darts. One of the darts games involves trying to hit playing cards with the dart, and the winners can receive cuddly toy prizes. Children and others are looking on.

Later in the film, there is a show jumping competition, and the riders are dressed in smart horse riding attire. At a refreshment tent, people are having drinks, and Betty Ramsden serves bottled beer. Some more show jumping is followed by a motorcycle race across the fields. This portion of the film closes with one of the riders wiping his eyes. YFA is always looking for new film clips, if you have any, they would love to hear from you.

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