Film ID: YFA 5752 Video of LEEDS GALA 1968 1968 Visitor TabsDescription 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 Context The summer of 1968 saw the birth of the rock festival – with Woodstock, the first Isle of Wight Festival and first free Hyde Park Concert. But in Roundhay Park in Leeds it’s the more traditional fare of water-skiing, parachuting, a performance by the Jean Pierce School of Dancing, and Queen of Queens Beauty Competition. All is captured by Leeds’ maverick filmmaker Alan Sidi in his own Sidimascope, who also provides a droll commentary, using his own Cine-Synch machine. Alan Sidi was the inspirational force behind many of the films of Leeds Mercury Movie Makers, as well as over a hundred of his own. As a self-employed engineer, Alan was also the most technically able, inventing his own Cine-Synch machine in the 1960s enabling sound to be added in synchronisation with 16 mm film, and devising his own wide-screen film format, Sidimascope. Roundhay Park used to host Leeds Children's Day, one of the biggest festivals of youth staged in Britain, which ran from 1922 until 1963. It isn’t sure in what years the Leeds Gala, which was also closely associated with the Yorkshire Post, was held.