Film ID: YFA 769 Video of YFA_769 David's May Day DAVID'S MAY DAY 1943-1944 Visitor TabsDescription This film documents some 'Holidays at Home' events at Lister Park, Bradford during World War II. Included is footage of sheep dog trials and fancy dress parades. The film opens with a sheep dog trial at a stadium in Bradford where a large crowd watches a man and his dog herd sheep into pens. A tannoy is set up and the judges sit nearby. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford hand out prizes to the winners. The film then moves to Lister Park, where a children's fancy dress parade is taking place. The children line up on a stage wearing colourful fancy dress costumes including Little Bo Peep and a Naval Officer. There are several dignitaries judging the competition and they talk to one another as the parade passes. One of the judges has a badge which reads `City of Bradford Holidays at Home Committee, 1944'. In the next shot the children are lined up on the grass; one of the girls has a sign which reads 'Forces Favourite'. There is a parade of women in different international costumes from Europe, America and Asia. Following this is a fashion show of 1940s fashions and a parade of war brides' dresses follows. Later, the filmmaker's son appears outside a house in fancy dress top hat and tails. The film closes at Frizinghall Primary School where many of the children are taking part in a fancy dress procession. They all walk out of the school gates and past the camera wearing costumes ranging from fairy tale characters to a pillar box and a Punch and Judy act. Context With the Holidays at Home initiative, Bradford was unfazed by the wartime restrictions and organised its own local entertainment. After a sheep dog trial at one of Bradford’s stadiums, fun events are being had in Lister Park, with a wonderful display of various traditional national costumes, remarkable given the shortage of materials. The outfits worn by the children on the fancy dress procession are equally impressive. The government dreamt up the, not exactly appealing idea, of Holidays at Home in 1942 to save on fuel and give priority to military related rail travel. The basic civilian petrol ration was stopped on July 1st, 1942. The idea was also to keep up a normal life as much as possible, and hence to keep up morale – as General Eisenhower stated, “Morale is a lot of little things.” Many towns and cities took up the idea and organised week long entertainment events. The initiative wasn’t entirely successful, and neither was the Railway poster campaign, ‘Is Your Journey Really Necessary’. There was no law forbidding movement, and places like Blackpool still did very well out of the war.