We have a treat for you today, I have often wondered what LBYFC was like in previous years and Arthur Giltrow has come through for us with an answer. He leant me his photo album from 1976 for us to flick through but they are so good that he also said we could put them on our blog for everyone to enjoy. I’ve spilt them into albums and the link is below. Also at the bottom of this page is an article from the Beds and Bucks Observer in ’78 reviewing that year’s drama competition and don’t worry, this one shows us in a good light.
This was in the 1978 Beds and Bucks Observer with the following article:
“Leighton get a placing”
“TWO young farmers’ clubs have been treading the boards in prize-winning style. Ivinghoe and District young farmers gave a public showing of their entry in this year’s Bucks Federation of YFCs’ drama competition and won the junior shield for their entry.
And a rendition of George, a comedy by Derek Hickman, gained Leighton Young Farmers’ Club third place in the Bedfordshire Federation’s drama competition.
The Ivinghoe entry was a version of Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, dramatised by Clemence.
The play was produced by Alsion Bailey and the cast was: Sharon Clements, Susan Fearn and Nichola Perry (was all played Alice), Claire Warren, Rachel Williams, Maxine McKinley, David Frankum, Sandra Frankum, Tracey Ford, Carol Jennings, Mark Turvey, Dale Jones, Graham Frost, Claire Falconer and Jackie Batchor.
The club competed against eight others at the Quarrendon School, Aylesbury.
Leighton YFC’s Arthur Giltrow, who played the lead character, Mr Smith, in their production of George, was told by the judges that his performance was the best of the evening.
Six teams took part in the annual event, which alternates each year between plays and revues.
The play was about the medical profession’s fight to convince Mr Smith that his imaginary friend, George, has died.
The props were either made or borrowed from people with the two beds coming from Luton and Dunstable Hospital.”