It was a day to remember and marked 100 years of Huddersfield having its own elected council.
Huddersfield County Borough Centenary Pageant on June 22, 1968, featured many organisations from across the town capturing its heritage and history.
The pageant was a centenary of the Charter of Incorporation - issued July 7, 1868 - which brought all the local boards together including Moldgreen, Marsh and Lindley etc to form the town as one administration able to levy rates.
It led to the council which first met on September 7, 1868.
Sir John Ramsden was Lord of the Manor and did not oppose incorporation but he did not want it to endanger the right and privileges of his position. His solicitor agitated for a charter clause to say that nothing would invalidate or change his rights in Huddersfield.
Sir John had no part on the council but he was still very powerful. He still owned the market rights, nearly all the town and he built Estate Buildings in the late 1880s as the headquarters of his estate - a symbol of his power.
In the pageant Sir John was given pride of place portrayed by showjumper Harvey Smith.
Thousands lined the streets as 120 organisations took part in the parade, led by Lindley Band, up to Greenhead Park where entertainments captured Huddersfield’s multi-ethnic culture.
This included the Polish Youth Orchestra, Huddersfield Pipe Band, Ukrainian dancers, the Punjabi Bhangra Dancers, a steel band and Irish singers.
These photographs were taken by Clifford Stephenson and provided by Huddersfield Civic Society chairman Chris Marsden who is now working on an exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary this year.
The exhibition will be at Heritage Quay on the University of Huddersfield’s Queensgate campus and will open on July 7.
Chris said: “I have already assembled several dozen photographs of the pageant, 15 in colour, but there are many elements of the pageant for which I have no photos. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who has photos that they think are from the day or are of preparations for the day. “
Anyone who can help should contact Chris on 07425 402601 or email him at email@example.com
The parade route was St John’s Road, John William Street, New Street, High Street, Market Street, Westgate, Trinity Street and into Greenhead Park via the top park gates.
Those taking part included 19 veteran motor cars, St George’s Society, Miss Huddersfield Textiles, Huddersfield Thespians, Almondbury Handbell Ringers, Huddersfield Flower Club, Oakes Baptist Church, Huddersfield Choral Society, YMCA Drama Group, Huddersfield
Textile Society; Birkby, Bradley & Deighton CYC; Colne Valley Beagles, Huddersfield Star Wheelers, Huddersfield Sea Cadets, West Riding Territorials, Huddersfield Lions, Huddersfield Round Table, Huddersfield Swimming Club, scout association, Huddersfield Army Veterans, Holme Valley Beagles, Huddersfield Pendragon Round Table, Lockwood Band, Ben Shaw & Sons Ltd, Edwin Field & Co Ltd, Brook Motors Ltd, Highfield Gear & Engineering Co Ltd, Royal British Legion, Townswomen’s Guilds, Rawthorpe children, Huddersfield Town FC, Huddersfield Girl Guides, Huddersfield Amateur Operatic Society, Fartown Rugby Football Club, Huddersfield Toc H, Huddersfield Polish Society, Primrose Hill children, Huddersfield Ukrainian Society, Huddersfield Pipe Band, Strathrigg Dancers, Huddersfield Welsh Society; Milnsbridge, Moldgreen & Paddock CYC; Almondbury, Lockwood & Oakes CYC; Huddersfield Methodist Youth Service, Huddersfield Licensed Victuallers, members of the Asian community, Camping Society of GB, WRVS, Boys Brigade, New Highfield Players, scouts, hospital broadcasts, Gilbert and Sullivan Tableau, Lifeboat Guild, members of the West Indian community and Huddersfield Air Training Corps.