10 lorries will make 100 journeys with Festival exhibition for Leeds

May 28, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Evening Post

ONE man will not see the Festival of Britain travelling exhibition when it opens on Woodhouse Moor, Leeds, on June 23 – and he is the man who put it up.

Mr. D. Sharp, head foreman of the contractors who are assembling the exhibition has travelled all over the world on exhibition work – and never has he walked round an exhibition himself.

On opening day of the travelling exhibition at Manchester he moved on to Leeds. And when the Leeds exhibition opens he will move on to Birmingham.

“It’s timetable work,” said Mr Sharp, “But we’ll open on time.”

Night and day

Thirty men are working on the assembly of exhibits which 10 lorries are bringing from Manchester in 100 journeys. Later, the number of men will be increased to 90, and they will work night and day.

A 60-foot long “Queen Mary” truck is on the road and will arrive in Leeds late tonight.

The 35,000 square feet of tent-covered tarmac will house a better exhibition than Manchester has seen in its City Hall.

“It is exactly the same exhibition, but the fact that it will all be housed within the same four walls will make it superior to Manchester, where visitors have to go from one room to another,” said Mr. Sharp.

Attendance down

The total attendance at Manchester was well below early forecasts.

During its 22-day stay the exhibition was seen by 135,500 people, including many thousands of schoolchildren.

First estimates – that the daily attendance would reach 10,000 – soon proved far too optimistic, but Festival officials deny that the venture has been a filure.

A spokesman said today: “We are reasonably satisfied with the result.”