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    Read with interest Alans article on the Festival of Britain. My late Father made his one and only trip to London in his 94yrs(not much of a man for travelling very far) and that was when a fellow grower took him to the Festival of Britain. He often relayed to me what a wonderful exhibition it was…”everything that’s good about us boy” were his words.
    Being an AutoCulto owner he was drawn to Allen and Simmonds stand , and much admired their newly unveiled Festival model , which was launched to coincide with the event.He did mention there were dozens of Horticultural tractors there , but sadly when I quizzed him about them in his latter years he couldn’t remember exactly who they were.




    Andy, Many thanks for the information.

    I have had a look and found information on the Festival Auto Culto. I have found an advert and have a photo from which the advert image was taken. I’ll attach both. I’m sure that if I look harder I’ll find some other manufacturers that attended.

    The archives relating to the Festival are held by the National Archives at Kew, I’d like to have a look at those!

    There are many references to horticultural groups and flower shows throughout the country having Festival of Britain theme events and shows.



    Alan , many thanks , lovely photos , there is still something special about an old black and white photo.




    Another great article from Alan. Another show I know garden machinery manufacturers exhibited at was the Smithfield Show, archive records of which are held at MERL.

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