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Exploring the daily life of a large family in Yorkshire, We of the West Riding shows both their work at the textile mills and their varied leisure pursuits.
The life of a typical Yorkshire family
'A young Yorkshireman describes the life led by his family, who all work in the great woollen mills of the district. Their work is shown and their recreations, which include football, music, amateur theatricals and cycling over the beautiful countryside. They all love singing, and the film ends with the annual performance of Handel's Messiah which is traditional in the West Riding.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)
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