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Filename: jlp01_08_081371.jpg

Size: 5211 x 5238 (5.2MB)

Date: 3rd March 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

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Laing Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Elstree, Barnet, Greater London. A Gala Day at the Laing Sports Ground at Elstree, showing childrens pony rides in the foreground with stalls and crowds beyond.
A Gala Day was held by Laing at the Laing Sports Ground on 14th June 1969, as a replacement of the annual Sports Day. Sports events were held by the Sports Club, which included hockey, tennis, bowls, and football tournaments. A traditional English fete programme featured coconut shies, bingo, pony rides, catering and a beer tent, candy floss, and roundabouts. The day ended with a beauty contest, prize draw, and the election of Miss Sports Club. In the evening there was a fireworks display and a gala dance which continued until midnight

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1960s Animals Childhood Fair Festival Laing Spirit People Sports Ground Summer Sunshine Sunglasses


EDITORS COMMENTS
This vibrant print captures the essence of a joyous Gala Day at the Laing Sports Ground in Elstree, Greater London. Taken on 14th June 1969, this event served as a delightful replacement for the annual Sports Day. In the foreground, children can be seen enjoying thrilling donkey rides while their laughter fills the air. Beyond them, an array of stalls and crowds create a lively atmosphere. This traditional English fete program offered something for everyone - from coconut shies to bingo, pony rides to candy floss, and even roundabouts that spun with excitement. The day was filled with sunshine and laughter as families reveled in the spirit of community. As dusk approached, anticipation grew for the evening's festivities. A beauty contest took center stage alongside a prize draw and the election of Miss Sports Club. The night sky came alive with dazzling fireworks that painted colorful streaks across its canvas. The celebrations continued well into midnight with a gala dance where attendees danced under twinkling lights and infectious music. It was truly an unforgettable summer spectacle that showcased both nostalgia and fun-filled moments. Preserved by Historic England Archive, this print serves as a testament to cherished childhood memories, animal encounters, festive traditions, and above all else - the enduring spirit of Laing Sports Ground's Gala Day in 1969.

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