The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
This film is part of Free
The Wharfedale Scene
With the so-called ‘winter of discontent’ on the horizon, here we have summer contentment generated by the serenity and simple life of ‘God’s own county’.
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Leeds amateur filmmaker Ken Leckenby provides a perfect illustration of why the Yorkshire Dales is justly famous for its rolling hills and often stark beauty. All is peaceful in the villages of Wharfedale, as if the manic decade of the 1970s – of strikes, Ziggy Stardust and punk – had passed them all by. A place to go away from the madding crowd: to stroll by the river or ramble over Brimham Rocks.
Although Ken Leckenby made films as a member of the Mercury Movie Makers Cine Club of Leeds, he also made many films of his own, including a series of films he titled ‘Out and About’, documenting local events. But he also made a number of documentary type films similar to this one, extolling the virtues of Yorkshire. Usually Ken would provide an informative commentary to go with the film. Ken would go out most weekends filming these, from the 1960s through to the 1980s. This film uses Alan Sidi’s innovative cine-synch sound.