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Filename: jlp01_08_000930.jpg

Size: 5129 x 5313 (4.7MB)

Date: 7th December 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

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Sports Ground, Elstree, Elstree and Borehamwood, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire. A crowd of people watching a tug of war match during the opening of a new sports ground at Elstree.
This photograph was taken at Elstree for John Laing plc during the opening of a new sports ground for the company, with the opening ceremony being carried out by Mr K Laing

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Media ID 24123382

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

1940s Competition People Recreation Sport


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This photograph captures a moment of spirited competition during the opening of a new sports ground at Elstree in Hertfordshire. The image showcases a lively tug-of-war match, with a crowd of enthusiastic spectators eagerly watching the intense battle unfold. Taken in the 1940s by A© Historic England Archive for John Laing plc, this snapshot offers us a glimpse into an era where sport and recreation played an essential role in bringing people together. The event was significant enough to warrant the presence of Mr K Laing himself, who conducted the opening ceremony. The photo exudes energy and excitement as participants strain against each other, their faces etched with determination. Meanwhile, onlookers cheer them on, their expressions reflecting both anticipation and enjoyment. It is evident that this sporting spectacle provided much-needed entertainment and respite from the challenges faced during wartime. Beyond its historical context, this image serves as a reminder of how communal activities like sports can foster camaraderie among individuals. It encapsulates moments when people set aside their differences to engage in friendly competition while creating lasting memories. As we gaze upon this remarkable print from Historic England's archive collection, we are transported back to an era where joyous gatherings such as these were cherished occasions that brought communities closer together through shared experiences.

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