During the 1930’s Eileen Fowler became involved in a fitness campaign that swept Britain and other countries across the world. She became a figurehead of the Keep Fit movement, maintaining that exercise could be fun, as well as very good for your health. She set up classes from 1934, training housewives and visiting factory workers. During the war years she also founded the Industrial Keep Fit organization to provide classes for workers in Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Essex, and organised shows and pageants around the country in consultation with the Central Council of Physical Recreation.
This British Pathe Newsreel shows one of her pageants taking place on the Campus in Welwyn Garden City. The year is 1942, and you can see the Council Offices in the background. Eileen Fowler makes an appearance at the end of the film receiving a bouquet of flowers from a little girl.
Do you know who the little girl was?