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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

I spent many hours learning how to ice skate here. There used to be a walk through a tunnel at the outside of the Arena which had a lot of beautiful pictures painted onto the walls. Does anyone remember them too?

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Yes, I can confirm the Roy Rogers event! I was there with most of the young kids from Harringay and surrounding areas.

Not sure if Roy Rogers or Trigger the horse were the bigger attraction! I remember it was a very big crowd in the stadium - but I do not remember if it was publicising a specific event, such as a new film.

Happy days and great events in the stadium and arena - I saw them all as we lived in Hermitage Road.

The Roy Rogers Children's Rally was a publicity stunt for the crusade events held at Harringay Arena by American evangelist, Billy Graham in the Spring of 1954. Graham apparently filled the 11,400 seat Arena for 12 weeks. Rogers attended Billy Graham's events every night for the first week, I assume as part of his publicity contract. 

Here's a 21st century view of Graham.

Roy Rogers' real name was Leonard Franklin Slye.

Pictures of Roy rogers here  |  Pictures of Billy Graham here  |  Film archive of Billy Graham here

(All links to HoL)

Yep David, definitely to all those acts.  I remember The Wild West Shows with Buffalo Bill, Gene Autrey, Red Indians displaying great horse skills, etc.  Great stuff in the 50's.  And of course circuses, dogs, stock car and speedway.   What a great asset for Harringay.  Such a great loss in my opinion.

Many thanks Hugh for clearing up the Roy Rogers question. Happy New Year to you my friend.

Thank you so much Patrick for confirming that. I must have been quite young because I don't remember a lot about it. I was fascinated with the Wild West and cowboys in those days. I don't suppose you remember what year it was do you.?

As I've said in my comment above, 1954.

CHEERS HUGH.

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