Thursday, 10 June 2010

It Wet And Cold - It's Halifax Gala


Outside it is still raining. It is still cold. It is still miserable. To anyone from Halifax, West Yorkshire, this can only mean one thing - the Halifax Charity Gala will take place this weekend. My friend Tony Zimnoch recently introduced me to a Facebook Group called Old Photos of Halifax, and the above is my first contribution to the group. I must have taken it about 1962 and the location is the top of Woolshops, Halifax.

8 comments:

Mildred said...

When I enlarged the photo, I notice that most everyone in the crowd is wearing a coat or at least long sleeves. The beauty queens in their pretty dresses look cold!!! Alan, what is the little boy in the center of the picture doing?

Alan Burnett said...

He is holding a bag on the end of a cane which was used to collect money from the crowds. The money was for local charities. The long stick meant that you could thrust the bag to the very back of the crowds to where all the mean old buggers of Halifax would hide.

Alan Burnett said...
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Abraham Lincoln said...

That cane idea is great except over here somebody would have grabbed the bag and took off with the cane.

The Retired One said...

loved the old architecture in the photo!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Cool photo..those poor beauty queens with no coats. I noticed all the girls are wearing anklets too, I hated anklets..mine would stretch out at the top and then the entire sock would end up in a bulge under your foot:)

Volie2 said...

Blimey, a Tetley Pub in your photo of Halifax - surely it should have been a Webster's? Interesting picture, though.

L. D. Burgus said...

It is a nice oldie and goodie.