Film ID:
YFA 3129

CHILDREN'S DAY LEEDS

1951

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Description

This is a film of Children’s Day at Roundhay Park, in Leeds in 1951.  It shows an extremely impressive display of choreographed dancing and synchronised exercises by the boys and girls.

Title:  ‘Children’s Day’  ‘Roundhay Park, 1951’

The film opens at Roundhay Park in Leeds and shows a little boy in a policeman’s uniform. A large crowd of people that have gathered for the event can be seen in the background.

Intertitle:  ‘Crowning of the Queen’  A procession for the crowning of the Children’s Day Queen walks onto the field led by the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries. The Queen is surrounded by young children dressed as courtiers, a small boy who walks in front of her carries the crown on a velvet cushion. The party then walk onto a stage and she is crowned by the Lord Mayoress.

Intertitle:  ‘Silver Spoons for Healthy Babies’   A line of mother and babies wait to receive their spoons from the Mayoress. The spoons are lined up on a table and she hands out each one, a large crowd watch.

Intertitle:  ‘Athletic Events’  Boys and girls take part in sprint races, and hurdles and there is a boy’s tug-of-war. The Queen watches from her stage at the side of them.

Intertitle:  ‘Massed Dancing and P.J.’  From an elevated view point a country dancing event is seen. Children from local schools skip in lines onto the fields and stand by maypoles that have been placed on the field. They then proceed to take the ribbons from the poles and dance around in unison. There is then a gymnastics display. Many girls run in line onto the field and separate into groups. They then get into circles and perform choreographed movements in time.  They then all stand in neat lines and do star jumps.

Intertitle:  ‘Departure of the Queen’  The film ends with the Queen and her courtiers being driven around the Park waving to the crowd.