Film ID:
YFA 5752



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This is a film by Leeds Mercury Movie Maker Alan Sidi that covers many of the events at the Leeds Gala of 1968 in Roundhay Park, including the Queen of Queens Beauty Competition.  The film is accompanied by a commentary provided by Alan Sidi.

The film begins with a poster advertising the Leeds Gala at Roundhay Park on Monday 2nd September, entrance 4/- for adults and 2/- for children and OAPs.  Among those on the bill are a scout jamboree, Northern athletics and cycling championship, with a barbecue and dance at 7.30.  There is a view over the park where the stands have been set up.  The bands of the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, York and Lancashire Regiment march onto the field as the spectators begin to take their seats, and Alan Sidi’s commentary gives some background to the event.  There then follows a water skiing display on the lake by the White Cross Ski Club in the pouring rain.  Mr Farrow, President of the Organising Committee, arrives by helicopter, and the mayor arrives in a Rolls Royce.  

The children of the Jean Pierce School of Dancing do a dance display.  This is followed by the Queen of Queens Beauty Competition, run by the Yorkshire Post, and open to all winners of beauty competitions in 1968 in the area  covered by the Yorkshire Post.  Then there is a wrestling match, sky-diving and a parachute display put on by the Red Devils, to applause by the spectators.  The film ends with a fireworks display.

Title – Filmed in Sidimascope
Title – The End