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New industry hopes for 12,000 jobs

“Projected factory for 12,000 workers,” said the front page headline in the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph, of March 15th, 1919. “New industry for Luton. Biggest development scheme yet negotiated.”

It was anticipated that the Osram-Robertson Lamp Company Ltd was about to establish an enormous works on the outskirts of Luton.

'Women needed on councils'

[From The Luton News: Thursday, March 13th, 1919]

Another educational meeting of the Luton branch of the National Council of Women was held on Tuesday evening at the Town Hall, the Mayoress presiding. A valuable address was given by the President (Mrs Ogilvie Gordon) on 'The Ministry of Health'.

The Mayoress referred to the importance of public health and the necessity of drawing attention to the question in all directions. She mentioned the usefulness of the National Council of Women in this direction.

Medals for two Lutonians

Frank Child and Pte Wright

Two Lutonians received their military decorations on Tuesday, March 11th, 1919, at the Biscot Camp YMCA concert room. There was a good parade of officers and men and the presentations were made by Col Fitzgerald, DSO, Commandant, reported The Luton News (Thursday, March 13th).

DS&S demand greater representation

At a general meeting of the Luton branch of the National Federation of Demobilised Sailors and Soldiers on March 9th, 1919, President Mr H. Booth and Mr Dimond (Chairman of the Beds & Herts Divisional Council of the DS&S) raised the necessity for demanding greater representation on local civic bodies, special reference being made to the inadequate representation of discharged men on the War Pensions Committee for a town of Luton's proportions.

'Father' of Luton Police Force retires

On March 6th, 1919, Inspector Walter James Hagley, 'father' of the Luton Borough Police Force, retired after 31½ years service with the Force.

Born in Tiverton, Devon, in 1866, he was a farm bailiff before being appointed a constable at uton on September 30th, 1887. On October 10th, 1902, he promoted to sergeant, and he became inspector on November 19th, 1909.

Volunteers entertained to dinner

Volunteers take oath

  • 2nd Volunteer Battalion men taking their oath at the Corn Exchange in 1916.

To the number of about 130, men of 'C' Company, 2nd Volunteer Battalion Beds Regiment, gathered at the Town Hall, Luton, on Thursday evening [February 27th]. The event was a complete success, and provided an opportunity for a welcome reunion of past and present members, reported the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph of March 1st, 1919.

Leagrave farewell to Hilda Hewlett

On Tuesday evening (March 4th, 1919), a social evening was enjoyed by the employees at the Omnia Works, Leagrave, the occasion being a presentation to Mrs Hilda Hewlett (pictured) on her departure for New Zealand, and the formal opening of the new mess room, a fine building comprising dining hall, cloakroom, kitchen and domestic apartments.

Labour gain in low turn-out poll

The County Council election in Luton on Tuesday was a very unexciting affair, wrote The Luton News, of Thursday March 6th, 1919. The weather conditions may have had something to do with it, or it may have been wholly the indifference of the electors, of whom only about 15 per cent went to the polling booths.

As the Labour Party had found candidates to contest six of the nine Luton divisions a keener interest might certainly have been expected. But somehow County Council elections never do excite a very great amount of feeling locally.

'Dance-mad Luton' and all that fiendish jazz

Is Luton dancing mad? The headline was on a contributed item written by 'D' in the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph (March 1st, 1919). It read:

Just a few lines to all you young folk of the lightly tripping order with the object of calling attention to a phenomenal phase in our local history.

When I say that my honest opinion is that a large section of Luton's youth is amusement-craving, especially in the form of a dancing craze almost to the verge of being 'dancing mad,' I realise at once that I enter into a controversial field.

'Hands off Wardown' 7: Too many still silent

The future of Wardown House was again making front page headlines in the Saturday Telegraph of February 22nd, 1919, following further Council debate the previous Tuesday. And the newspaper kept up its uncompromising attack, although it saw a possible change of attitude on he part of the prime mover, Council Primett, Chairman of the Maternity and Chid Welfare Committee. It wrote:

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