Film ID:
YFA 1424



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This film documents the Northern Command Tattoo which takes place in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

The film begins with brief footage of a young boy, a dog and a man playing in a garden.

There is a poster reading "The Northern Command Tattoo. Leeds Roundhay Park. June 28, 29, 30. July 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 1939. In aid of civil and military charities and welfare".

Soldiers march on the field; it is night time and difficult to see properly. There is a procession over a castle bridge, the soldiers carrying flags and banners. Some of the soldiers wear a red uniform and are spotlighted, riding on horseback with some trailing cannons. Once again, it is difficult to fully see the image, but there is a marching band and a gymnastic display. A fire burns in a wooded area. Some men walk past a wall with adverts, which include "Hardy's" and "You Can Trust Lewis's". There is a house fire and firemen. On the stadium field, lots of men stand still wear robes of red, white or yellow, and hold things which resemble flags in the corresponding colour of their attire. There are then daytime shots of the marching band. Soldiers perform motorbike stunts, one man falls off. Some men ride bikes with their legs in the air, some ride backwards. Men in the same colourful robes from before take part in the parade.