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Denis Marshall Pickles
Friday, January 15, 2016 21:22
Glusburn Show & Sports.
In my hand I hold a rather 'swish' looking badge which indicates that the holder is an Official of the Glusburn Show and Sports which were founded in 1875. The emblem in the centre of this circular badge which is about the size of an old penny, is a shield bearing a Red Cross on a white background pand it sports
five lions couchant. The badge is made from brass and the decorations and inscriptions are of enamel. It must have been quite valuable when it was issued to my maternal grandfather, probably in the 1920's or 30's.
I am in complete ignorance about the Glusburn Show. All I recall is that my grandad had an allotment behind Glusburn School and I remember him taking me there when I was a nipper. It was a veritable maze of vegetable patches, hen pens, ditches and narrow paths. Does anyone have any information about the Show, where it was held and when it ceased to be held? Indeed it may still be an annual event. Come to think of it, my friend Roy Hudson used to win prizes for his gladioli at a Flower Show in the early 1950's.
Anybody know owt?
Maurice Atkinson
Friday, January 15, 2016 21:41
Don't know anything about the show Denis but I loved the "veritable maze" as you rightly call it. My Dad had a hen pen right at the far end of the allotments---his midden was right up against the school walls. He used to collect the eggs, put them in a large basket and take them to Keighley on the bus for our relations. Each egg would be wrapped in half a page of the "Radio Times" !
Paul Longbottom
Sunday, January 17, 2016 13:38
The Glusburn Floral, Horticultural & Athletic Society held its annual show off Holme Lane on the site that is now the playing fields of South Craven School. If you follow this link you will find an interesting film clip that is possibly contemporary with the medal mentioned at the start of this thread.
Robin Longbottom
Sunday, January 17, 2016 16:35
The Glusburn Show had been running since at least the last quarter of the 19th century. The show held on the afternoon of Saturday, 30 August 1890, was reported in the Leeds Mercury. However, the standard of the floral and horticultural submissions were reported to be well below that of other years. Despite this, T.Haigh's grapes were described as 'fine examples of what a cottager may produce,' (he was probably the 13 year old son of Bailey Haigh, the landlord of the Black Bull at Sutton). Mr J. Whiteoak 'was a very heavy prize winner', other prize winners were Mssrs J.J. Riddiough, William Smith and J. Stodart.

On the athletic front the following events were hotly contested, with competitors coming from as far away as Bradford, Clayton and Leeds. They included a two mile cycle race, the high jump, and the following foot races - 100 yard flat race for those under 16, 120 yard flat race, 220 yard hurdle race, 440 yard flat race and one mile flat race.

It was reported that 'the fine weather brought together a large attendance.'
Paul Wilkinson
Sunday, January 17, 2016 18:17
Paul - thanks for the link to the British Pathe site, it contains some fantastic footage including Knurr and Spell which I've added to this old forum topic.
Denis Marshall Pickles
Monday, January 18, 2016 10:08
Wonderful! History brought to life! I never in a month of Sunday's thought that my query regarding grandads badge would have resulted in me being able to see the Glusburn Show and Sports of 1920 on film. And who would have thought that the Pathe news team would have visited a small village like Glusburn. But it clearly was a big event! Just look at he crowds of people attending! I have played the film clip several times - I find it fascinating .... lots of interest. One of the sprinters going like the clappers, had only one arm. In all probability he would have been one of the wounded from WW1. Knowing now where the sports were held, i tried to identify the buildings in the background. I think I could pick out Bairstows mill chimney, the big Methodist Chapel in Crosshills and the Baptist Manse, but there appears to be no development at all on Holme Lane and Boundary Avenue. And where is Thompsons Lag Shop? I suppose that the vegetables and flowers would have been on display in the large marquees. But. Cannot help wondering at the huge organisational exercise needed to stage such an event - hundreds of volunteers must have been involved. Oh! One other observation - hats. Several of the officials wear straw boaters. They had to all intents and purposes gone out of fashion twenty years later. The Post Master at Sutton post office is the only chap I can remember sporting one. Now what was his name?
Paul Wilkinson
Monday, January 18, 2016 10:45
Hi Denis - the peg and lag shop moved from Rosemount to the old vineries on Holme Lane in the 1920s, presumably after the footage was shot.
colin kirkham
Saturday, September 7, 2019 11:27
"I too have a badge identical to the one mentioned. According to the Fattorini archivist, these were made in 1924. As part of my researches into the old Keighley Harriers clubs, Glusburn Sports is important. As mentioned above Pathe News features the Glusburn event of 1920 - I have a programme from the following year, 1921.
In the grand scheme of things, the Glusburn Show Sports was quite important presumably because of the generosity of the local sponsors, enabling the organisers to give top value awards - the maximum allowed in those days was £7:7s:0d so runners from as far afield as Birmingham, Salford, Darlington and Hull came to take part in the handicap races. Glusburn also staged Northern Counties Athletic Association Championship races - a prestigious affaire and something which attracted the paying spectators. It was rare back then for local sports to have any field events but Glusburn did feature a handicap high jump because a talented high jumper lived in Silsden, this particular event being selected possibly because of the local gymnastics club (named the Sutton Athletic Club) would have been able to supply competent competitors. There was also a walking race included most years. Since the mid 1800s, walking was popular in the wider local area for a reason I have yet to determine. And the whole country went walking crackers in 1903 when a Walking Boom took place, encouraged by 'Oxo' and 'Bovril' and local and national newspapers. An exceptional local Race Walker lived in Steeton.
One armed runners were not that unusual at this time, not as you might expect from the result of enemy action, but mostly because many injured soldiers worked in munitions factories around the country, packing shells and producing small arms ammunition - accidents were appallingly frequent. And it was those limbs (their forearms) which were closely exposed to the dangerous materials they were handling that suffered- no real Health and Safety."

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