The Flower Pot Inn 1909
The pub sign announces that William Ramsden was the licenced victualler at the time of the photo. The float
is all trimmed up for a gala and would be representing a local Co-op branch or business. Several gala's would be held over the summer months organised by the Co-op or local churches. The galas often
attracted into the thousands of people and would start with a procession led by one of the local bands followed by the floats of local businesses and often, as above, loaded with young children.
Representatives of local clubs and organisations would follow behind in fancy dress. The galas would then take place on a nearby park or sports ground. The Mirfield Industrial Co-op held its annual
gala in the field behind Hopton Congregational Church and that could well be where this float was destined for.