MARCH 1962 the Bradford Delius Centenary Festival opened at St George's Hall, in a blaze of musical and social glory in the presence of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Never had Bradford's venerable hall-the place where Frederick Delius as a boy first heard an orchestra and was inspired to write music-held such a distinguished musical audience.

Love looking at old pictures from across the Bradford district? Join our new Bradford Nostalgia Facebook group.

It was an evening where social graces were united with musical celebrations directed upon Bradford native genius, with Delians attending from all over the country and from abroad.

Bradfordians lined the route along Drake Street and Bridge Street during the short drive to St George’s Hall. Flags fluttered from buildings and children waved red, white and blue streamers.

As the cars swung into Hall Ings cheers rose from the waiting crowds. It was a warm Yorkshire welcome and the Queen Mother showed her pleasure in a glowing smile.