The first ever Champion Busker contest took place in Leeds 31 years ago in 1984 but it was a group from over the Pennines who won that year’s title.
“Busk Company” who were based in Manchester swept the opposition aside to claim the £100 first prize.
A year earlier in 1983 the crowds were wowed by cockney musician “Shakey Jake” along with his Jack Russell the “Hound of the Buskervilles”.
The “Fattening Puddings” claimed that Leeds was the hardest busking territory in Europe when they spoke to the YEP in 1982 with stories of over zealous police treatment but this was no deterrent to Vic Ellis of Bradford in 1979 when he was spotted downing a well deserved pint at the Leeds Flower show.
The Two Buskateers, Robert Hunt and Neil Clay were one of several acts who took part in a “play off” in 1984 to decide who would have the honour of performing at that year’s Lord Mayor’s Charity Gala Concert.