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The Peace Day story: part 4

Town Hall ablave 20-7-1919

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, July 22th, 1919]

According to all appearances the beginning of the night's trouble was with a gang of noisy young fellows who started pelting the Town Hall windows. Like all movements of this kind, it soon gathered force of numbers and prominent among the adherents were men in khaki and also women.

The Peace Day story: part 3

[From The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, July 22th, 1919]

Folks tried to persuade themselves and their friends that common sense would rule, but it was impossible to avoid ominous illusions to another raid on the Town Hall, and there were one or two incidents in the town of decorations and illuminations being pulled down from private property which betokened that a spirit of wanton destruction was broad.

Peace Day at Stopsley

Despite occasional drizzling showers in Stopsley during the day, the Committee of Management, among whom were Messrs F. K. Cain, W. Morsley, George Cain, A. Ward, J. Titchmarsh, A. T. Hucklesby and the Vicar [the Rev G. H. C. Shorting], are to be congratulated on the success of Saturday's Peace Celebrations, especially as one and all had worked very hard for several weeks to earn a happy day.

'A terrible story and a disgrace'

Peace Day crowd (Thurston)

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: July 22nd, 1919]

It is a terrible story, and a disgrace which the town will never forget. For the moment we do not intend to enter into the astonishing series of happenings of the past week or more, or to ascribe the blame; all that, we take it, will be the subject of later inquiry or debate.

Final function at the old Town Hall

 

Luton old Town Hall in 1914

The last formal event held before the burning down of Luton Town Hall was a public dance, admission two shillings. An advert appeared in the Luton News of July 10th, 1919, to publicise the weekly Saturday dance at the Town Hall - the next on July 12th - and explaining that the following dance would be brought forward to the Friday [July 18th].

Reunion for Luton 'Yellow Devils'

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: July 19th, 1919]

A meeting was held at the Corn Exchange, Luton, on Wednesday evening (July 16th, 1919), presided over by the Mayor (Councillor H. Impey), when the question of formulating some scheme to recognise the gallantry of the 1/5th Beds Regiment was discussed.

The day is long past when there was any need to print in glowing colours the wonder deeds of the famous 'Yellow Devils.' and their claim to a proportionate share in the celebration of peace was freely recognised.

Labour urges action on housing

[Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: July 19th, 1919]

At the meeting of the Luton Trades and Labour Council on Thursday [July 17th], reference was made to the Luton Corporation housing scheme. The Council's committee, which is dealing with the housing question and fighting on behalf of tenants who are compelled to leave their houses under legal process, recommended that the Town Council be addressed as follows:

That on the general question we suggest the employment of direct labour in the building of the 1,000 houses.

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