Ilkley Grammar School students head for Leeds for Festival of Britain 1951

Ilkley Grammar School students in 1951

Ilkley Grammar School students in 1951

First published in Across the Years

Children from Ilkley Grammar School had a fun day out when they attended the Festival of Britain Land Travelling Exhibition in 1951.

The festival was designed as “a tonic to the nation” after the long war years. It was based in London but a land travelling exhibition was created to allow the whole country to take part. Leeds was one of the four provincial cities chosen to host the event.

The festival was opened by King George VI, who declared it to be “a visible sign of national achievement and confidence”.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree