Excuses first...the collection of photos and document we had put aside for the VE celebration is unfortunately, thanks to the lock down, beyond our reach, so we have to make do with what ever is e-mailable or available on the internet. Luckily Peter did have a few pictures in his archive and I of course put together a list of those for whom VE Day came too late.|
We would however like to receive copies of any suitable photos that you may take on 8th May of your, or your neighbours', endeavours to celebrate despite the current circumstances. They will after all become local history on Sunday 9th May.
First off, a photo of the VE Day street party in Lowther Street. We recognise ( on corner of table nearest the camera) Jean Bonham (front right) and her sister Avril (2nd left) but that is all at the moment. Jean and Avril are studying their Mum's copy of the photo and will be giving me a lot more names some time soon. If some of you old 'uns can give us other names, please give Tony a bell on 663343.
Photo by Margaret Banks, courtesy John Banks. That is his sister Susan (little one nearest camera).
Looked through several street parade photos we do have but closer inspection revealed they were of 1953 Coronation events. We could cheat and use photos gleaned from the internet, Most of you viewing this website would probably be unlikely to realise that we had cheated, but we would know that we had done so, therefore we have ruled out that option.'|
We do have a few wartime shots, and will not go into the High Street bombing again at this time.
Visiting Wellington bomber, 2 days before war was declared..Members car park to right of photo
The air field in 1942..Rowley Mile stand top right
No more of this..Dr.Barnardo boys, at mask drill at Warren Towers
No, not a concentration camp, and look, no social distancing
This fellow had a bed room all to himself, Nearco at Beech House Stud
VE Day was not the end of this
Vegetables and fruit were never rationed but some were very difficult to obtain. Offal and sausages likewise were not rationed but very difficult to come by.
When eggs were allocated, children got 3 per week and pregnant women got 2.|
Restaurants were not rationed BUT in the British Restaurants ( ours was in what is now the theatre in Fitzroy Street) which were virtually community kitchens, the price was a maximum of 9 pence (£1 today's price) and only one portion of meat , fish, eggs, or cheese. In private restaurants the limit was three courses only and maximum of 5 shillings.
In addition coal, petrol, clothing and soap were rationed and after the war, bread was rationed. Even potatoes in 1946-47
Incidentally how many are aware that the town was extra busy that day, it was the 1,000 Guineas day. It was recorded that the Stewards retained their hats
and the bookies were no more generous than usual
In those days every one who had the space kept chickens or rabbits. We had dozens of rabbits in the stables, no idea how many of my pets finished up in a pie.
Keeping chickens was the only way to be sure of getting eggs. If we were lucky enough to get more than needed immediately they were kept in a bucket with I
think it was isinglass to preserve them.