Glimpses of the big Leeds exhibition

June 12, 1951 | Filed under: Yorkshire Post

High winds and little boys are the biggest menace to erecting a travelling Festival Exhibition. On Woodhouse Moor, Leeds, where exhibits worth £250,000 are being arranged under 35,000 square feet of tenting, everything and everyone else can more or less be relied on.

Good weather during the last few weeks has meant that the work of erecting the exhibition, due to open on June 23, is ahead of schedule.

40ft. up

But with men working on scaffolding 40ft. above the ground, a constant watch must be kept on the wind. While the “high-wire” work is in progress the Festival authorities are receiving twice-daily weather reports from the B.B.C., to make sure that workmen are not caught unawares by changes in the wind’s speed or direction. So far, say the authorities, the B.B.C. have been “reasonably accurate.”

Festival souvenir hunters, sooner or later spoil the fun for everyone else. And during its opening visit to Manchester, trouble was caused by little boys removing yachting club badges, and other small items.

While the Festival is in Leeds, 19,000 school children from all over the West Riding will be taken round it at the invitation of Leeds Corporation. Near by the city police are erecting a road safety exhibition, which they hope the children will also visit.

Extra police

Souvenir hunters are not limited to mischievous youngsters, and the Festival organisers have been faced with the problem of how to stop the not-so-little-boy who takes a fancy to a £20 camera. Pilfering has become such a problem that extra security police are being introduced and hand rails are being erected to keep the public at a safe distance.

The yachting club badges, which proved such a fascination to the children at Manchester, will probably be exhibited in a glass case.

There will be something for everybody in this immense exhibition. It will take about 2 1/2 hours to see it all.

Schoolboys should not miss the model railways show or the toys and hobbies sections, while for little girls there are dolls and a model theatre. For the man and woman in the street there is a wide variety of attractions, from mannequin parades in the tiny fashion theatre to Flore de Henriquez’s three 12ft. statues.