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Henry Impey's Mayoral year

Mayor Henry Impey and Frederick Rignall

Henry Impey's year of office was the most traumatic that any Mayor would not want to experience. From a high with the announcement of the signing of the November 1918 armistice after more than four years of war, his term reached a low with riots and the burning down of the Town Hall at the end of peace celebrations in July 1919.

Hooligan element on Luton streets

Armistice Day in Luton coincided with incidents of hooliganism in the town. When the Armistice announcement was made, several people were scorched by fireworks thrown indiscriminately into the crowd by youths.

That was followed by a letter published in the Luton News (November 28) from 'Dora' complaining about other incidents of hooliganism. She wrote: “May I be permitted to protest against the disgraceful conduct of gangs of youths that parade certain thoroughfares of the town at night, generally between the hours of 7 and 9pm.

Peace celebrations - good and bad

Under the heading Peace Week Brevities, the Luton News of November 14th, 1918, listed the following:

  • Several people were scorched by the heavier type of fireworks which were thrown indiscriminately among the crowds on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Fireworks throwing and one of two cases of intoxication were the only unwise methods of celebration.

  • A party of soldiers from Biscot were frustrated just in time as they were possessing themselves of the Luton News motor-van.

Lutonian's experiences in the Turkish rout

Extracts from letters sent to his parents at 40 Havelock Road, High Town, by Cpl William Henry Wooding (528195 Royal Engineers) about his experiences in Palestine were reproduced in the Saturday Telegraph of November 9th, 1918. He had been a motorcycle dispatch rider in the East for about three years.

The former Luton Modern School student had met many Luton men during his serving, including, he found after a football match, seven who had played for Luton Town.

Mayoral Day celebrated in Luton

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: November 9th, 1918.

Mayoral Day was celebrated in Luton today in an atmosphere of expectation. The possibility of a peace proclamation or the signing of the armistice by Germany attracted even a larger crowd than usual, and the ceremony was performed with due solemnity.

Mayor Impey takes office for fateful year

Mayor Henry Impey

  • Henry Impey and Mayor's Sergeant Frederick Rignall.

Mayoral Day [Saturday, November 9th, 1918] was celebrated in Luton in an atmosphere of expectation. The possibility of a peace proclamation or the signing of the armistice by Germany attracted even a larger crowd than usual, and the ceremony was performed with due solemnity.

DS&S acquires new premises

Digest of stories from The Luton News: Thursday, November 7th, 1918.

DS&S Journal

  • A copy of the DS&S Journal with the new club with its logo over the door on the cover.

The progress of the Luton branch of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors was reported on Saturday evening, when a meeting was held in the newly-acquired Ivy Leaf Club, Park Street. Mr F. Rudd presided.

Influenza epidemic at its peak?

Digest of stories from the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph: November 2nd, 1918.

The medical men of Luton have had the busiest week of their lives, and today they are of the opinion that the fiend is at its worst. That is devoutly to be wished, for every street has its quotum of victims and not within living memory has there been such an epidemic in this town and neighbourhood.

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