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Filename: jlp01_08_043913.jpg

Size: 5232 x 5187 (6.4MB)

Date: 3rd March 2022

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

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Train ride JLP01_08_043913

Laing Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Elstree, Barnet, Greater London. Children riding in a miniature train carriage and waving at the camera during a Laing sports day at Elstree.
This sports day was attended by people from Laing contracts in Thurleigh, Bradford, Harlow, Shell Haven, London, Welwyn Garden City, Leicester and even as far as Plymouth. The day included field and track competitions as well as special attractions including Scottish dancing, a flower show, gymnastic displays and music by the Silver Band of the 5th Hendon Company Boys Brigade

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Media ID 24431215

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1950s Childhood Laing Spirit Rail Transport


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This charming print captures the joyous spirit of a train ride during a Laing sports day at Elstree. The image showcases a group of children, beaming with excitement, as they ride in a miniature train carriage and wave enthusiastically at the camera. The event, organized by Laing contracts from various locations across Greater London and beyond, brought together people from Thurleigh to Plymouth for a day filled with friendly competition and entertainment. Field and track competitions took place alongside special attractions such as Scottish dancing, a flower show, gymnastic displays, and live music performed by the Silver Band of the 5th Hendon Company Boys Brigade. Transported back to the 1950s through this snapshot in time, we witness not only the thrill of rail travel but also an embodiment of childhood innocence and pure happiness. The miniature train symbolizes adventure and exploration while serving as a metaphor for life's journey itself. Preserved within this photograph is not just an image but also memories that evoke nostalgia for simpler times when community events like these were eagerly anticipated by all. It reminds us of the importance of coming together to celebrate shared interests and create lasting bonds. Captured by A© Historic England Archive, this print serves as both an artistic representation of laing spirit and an invaluable historical document preserving moments that would otherwise fade into oblivion.

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