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Selby Gala '81

Outdated gender stereotypes aside, this detailed and well-made film captures the profound competitiveness of locals at the Selby Gala.

Amateur film 1981 17 mins

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The small town of Selby holds a gala day of epic proportions in this sophisticated visual representation of the event. The film begins in tame fashion with a procession of honoured guests followed by a parade of handmade floats. However, we soon progress to the main events of physical endurance that sees local men battle it out for prizes presented by Olympian David Sherwood.

): David Sherwood was a prolific British athlete during the 1960s and 1970s. He won a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 1968, silver at the European Championships in 1969, and gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1970.