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Agricultural Show Two

Possibly the first agricultural show after six years of war, and a chance for all to enjoy the fine Friesian cattle and children in fancy dress.

Non-Fiction 1945 4 mins Silent

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A film of a typical local agricultural show just east of Hull near the village of Preston, in the immediate aftermath of WW2. First up is the parade of prize-winning cows and bulls, followed by the ubiquitous custom of children being dressed up as contemporary objects and characters of the day, and a gymkhana, revealing perhaps a lack of practice among the horse riders.

This film was made by William Vaughan whose company, based on Tennyson Avenue, Hull, provided sound equipment for outdoor events, but William also took films of events in the area around Hedon and Preston in the East Riding of Yorkshire, which he showed in the local villages, in the years after the end of World War Two. It is always interesting to note the advertising hoardings at these types of historical events, and ponder what has happened to the firms advertised. In this case at least one has survived, ‘J Pockley, Corn and cake merchant, Camerton and Hedon’, who supplied animal feeds and requisites to the local farming community of Holderness, are still in business was supplying pet foods and suchlike.