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Royal Welsh Show, Caernarfon

Horses of all descriptions have arrived in Caernarfon for the show and R G Iles, whose two daughters were keen riders, films them jumping, trotting and being judged.

Home movie 1952 7 mins Silent

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Reginald George Iles of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Agricultural and Horse Shows Association sets the scene with shots of Caernarfon’s castle, harbour and streets. He films the show jumping and judging, both his daughters being keen horse-riders, and the fine cabbages on display at the Ministry of Agriculture’s stand. Being an employee of the Imperial Tobacco Company his eye is also caught by a van advertising 'Ogden's of Liverpool Tobacco Exhibition'.

The Royal Welsh Show was held in Caernarfon in 1930, 1939 and 1952. It was in 1963 that a permanent home was chosen, at Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells, a Mid Wales location.