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Burnley's Victory Carnival (2 of 8)

4th to 22nd Aug 1945
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Burnley's Victory Carnival (2 of 8)

Summary of article 11th August 1945: Burnley's Victory Programme plus image from 23rd August of Thanksgiving Parade in Queen's Park Sunday 19th August 1945.
The news that came through yesterday of possible surrender of the Japanese, thus bringing peace throughout the world has given an added zest to the third VE holiday celebrations in Burnley.
Next Monday is the day chosen as the recognised holiday but an attractive programme of events actually started yesterday when about 8,000 school children held parties at the various schools. After games and other forms of entertainment the scholars were regaled with a substantial meal.
The Mayor Burnley Alderman T.P. Taylor, the director of Education, Dr. W. Howarth, the chairman of the Education committee, Coun. Mrs. Watson and the Mayoress, Mrs. Taylor along with Coun. W. Crossley, vice-chairman of the education Committee and Mr. H. Pollard the Chief Clerk visited the schools and were given a rousing welcome.
Each boy and girl was presented with a celluloid button-badge bearing the Union Jack and the white Ensign forming a V with the wings of the R.A.F. at the top and the whole surmounted by a happy picture of Mr. Churchill.
It is intended to have celebrations at the High School the Grammar School and the Municipal College when the scholars return from their summer vacation.
As a special treat at Stoneyholme Junior School the scholars each had some fruit in addition to their tea provided by one of the teachers who had recently spent a holiday on a fruit farm. The children will be further entertained on Monday morning to cinema shows. As far as the number of skates available will allow there will also be a skating session the same morning for children under 14.
This evening (Saturday 11th) the Old folk will be entertained at the following Sunday Schools : Accrington-road, Angle-street, Bethesda, Brunswick, Claremont, Ebenezer, Fulledge, Rehoboth, Rosegrove Methodist, St. Cuthbert's and St. Matthew's. There will be a concert party at each school and each guest with a ticket will receive half a crown.
Monday is the big day for the general body of citizens for then there will be an attractive programme including a cricket match between Burnley and Lowerhouse on the latter's ground commencing at 11.30 am in which well known players will take part; band concerts in the Scott, Towneley, Queen's and Ightenhill parks and a Victory dance in the evening at the Mechanics Institute the proceeds of this being for the Mayor's fund. The bands engaged to play in the parks from 2-30 to 6-30 are the Royal Engineers, the East Lancs. Regt., the Burnley Home Guard and the Salvation Army. It is of interest to note that of the 19 Salvation Army bandsmen nine are under the age of 15, including the soloists. All that is required to ensure complete enjoyment for everybody is a continuance of the kind of weather that prevailed yesterday.
Owing to the VE holiday, the collection of kitchen refuse will be made on Tuesday and Friday of next week.
The Burnley magistrates yesterday granted an extension of the music and dancing licence at the Weavers' Institute for a dance on Monday from 7 to 11.35 pm.

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