Call for new blood on town council

[The Luton Reporter: Tuesday, August 26th, 1919]

It was inevitably the case in pre-war times that interest in local municipal affairs centre upon the November elections immediately after the August holidays, but never before in Luton history probably has that interest been of such a pronounced and widespread character as this year.

Brewer John Green visits battlefields

[The Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: August 23rd, 1919]

“I had three days in the battle area, and the devastation is so awful, so terrible, that it is impossible for anyone to exaggerate in describing the destruction. I was simply appalled. You have to see the frightful destruction to comprehend what it means, and you do see when you are there the abomination of desolation.”

Lady Wernher for Mayor?

Lady Alice Wernher's generosity in making Luton Hoo Park available for a drumhead memorial service and then a sports day and tea for ex-servicemen resulted in her being suggested as the next Mayor of Luton.

In a letter in the Luton News (August 21st, 1919), “A Lutonian” wrote: Mistakes may be made even by civic rulers, but gratitude is an elementary virtue. The least out local authorities can now do is to express our gratitude to Lady Wernher for doing so well what they failed to do.

Hoo day entertainers and organisers

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: August 19th, 1919]

In addition to the sports and cricket match, variety entertainments were given during the afternoon and evening by the Eugene Concert Party and by the DS&S Concert Party. There was also a Punch and Judy show. In the DS&S party there were Misses A. White, D. Burton and K. Timms; Messrs W. J. Ellingham, G. M. Wells and H. B. White (at the piano), assisted by Mr Fairey and the Brothers Cavanagh.

Vote of thanks to Lady Wernher

Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: August 19th, 1919]

Mr C. Barber (DS&S), in proposing a vote of thanks to Lady Wernher for the great kindness she had shown to all the ex-servicemen of Luton, said it was not the first time they had to thank her for honour bestowed on them as men who had fought. Those who were privileged to be at the Memorial Service not three weeks earlier saw what they would never forget.

'Real instigators' of the riot troubles

Two letters questioning the role played by the Town Council in the Peace Day riots and the future of Mayor Henry Impey were published in the Luton News on August 14th, 1919.

'Lest We Forget' wrote: “One is glad that some, at least, of the offenders who helped to make our town hideous on Peace Day are being brought to justice. No doubt they are receiving their desserts, and rightly so.


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