Peace Celebrations 1919
DescriptionThe people of Wokingham celebrated the end of the First World War that had cost the lives of so many of their friends. The officers and men received an invitation from the Mayor, Councillor Mylne and assembled in Rectory Road on 19th July 1919.
At 11:30 a.m there was a triumphal march through the town, after which a celebration lunch was held in the Market Place. In the afternoon sports and other events were held at Langborough Recreation Ground. There was a surprise ceremony when the Mayor and Mayoress were praised for the untiring efforts to help the war effort and were presented with a silver tray and a silver basket.
The Children's Peace CelebrationsThe children from the town and district assembled at their respective schools and marched to the Market Place with their flags and banners where they were received by the Mayor, who was stationed on a platform in his robes, accompanied by members of the Town Council and other dignitaries.
After the Mayor's speech he was given three cheers and the children sang " Land of Hope an Glory". The children, accompanied by the band, then marched to Langborough Recreation Ground to enjoy an afternoon of sport and other amusements, including sideshows, Punch and Judy, roundabouts and a joy wheel. Despite the threat of rain, at 4.30pm, 1,540 children were served tea after which members of the fire brigade, dressed as clowns, provided further entertainment.
In the evening many of the townspeople danced to music in the Town Hall.
Source"Memories of Wokingham Town Hall 1860 to 1946 by Jim Bell.
Photographs courtesy of the Goatley family.
“Peace Celebrations 1919,” Wokingham's Virtual Museum, accessed August 7, 2020, https://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/museum/document/WTH0295.