Oh, those lively summers in the 1980s! Harrow knew how to throw a party that brought the borough together like never before – the annual ‘Harrow Show’ event!
With its backdrop at the Kodak Sports Ground and Headstone Manor Park, this jubilant affair celebrated the very essence of Harrow: its diversity and unity.
The Harrow Show was more than just an event; it was a perfect blend of sport, culture, and activities, where local groups proudly showcased their causes. As the sun shone bright, the entrance gate saw a parade of 10,000 to 15,000 people each year, all eager to dive into the festivities.
Picture this: jousting knights clashing in epic battles, horse riders showing off their equestrian finesse, and a small fair with a plethora of rides that sent giggles and laughter echoing through the air. Food stalls tempted taste buds with delightful treats, ensuring no one went home with an empty stomach.
But what truly set the Harrow Show apart were the celebrity football matches – talk about star-studded showdowns! In one memorable year, the stars of Eastenders put on their football boots and faced off against the legendary Arsenal Legends.
Every summer, this extravaganza unfolded during the summer holidays, gifting locals with something to do locally each year. Both Children and adults eagerly awaited its return, knowing they were in for a treat with a plethora of rides, activities and stalls.
Beyond the entertainment, the Harrow Show was a testament to the community’s spirit. It showcased the vibrant tapestry of cultures that called Harrow home and provided a platform for various groups to come together and bond over shared passions.
In those bygone days, the Harrow Show was more than just an event; it was a symbol of unity, joy, and camaraderie. It exemplified the beauty of a community that cherished its differences and found strength in coming together as one.
As the 1990s rolled in, the Harrow Show had already etched its name into the hearts of the community, leaving behind a trail of memories. However, like all good things, it eventually came to an end in the late ’90s, bidding farewell to its iconic jousting, horse riding, and star-studded football matches.
But Harrow’s vibrant spirit refused to be subdued, and a new event called ‘Under One Sky’ rose like a phoenix from the ashes of its predecessor. From 1998 until 2013, ‘Under One Sky’ took center stage, carrying the torch of unity and celebration forward.
It too celebrated the borough’s diversity while offering a fresh array of entertainment and cultural delights for everyone to enjoy.
Though time has moved forward, the spirit of the Harrow Show lives on in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be part of this tradition. So here’s to the memories of the ’80s, and may the spirit of the Harrow Show continue to live on.