Market Rasen Mail report on Peace Day Procession


Practically everybody in the town who was able either took part in or turned out to witness the procession in the afternoon. The various bodies assembled in the Market Place at 1.15 p.m., and were skillfully marshalled by Lieut J W Upex. Shortly after the scheduled time (1.30), the procession started on its way around the town, proceeding by way of King Street, Dear Street, Kilnwell Road, Chapel Street, Union Street, Waterloo Street, Jameson Bridge Street, Willingham Road, Serpentine Street, Oxford Street, Queen Street, George Street, and back to the Market Place. The procession was led by the Town Band who played appropriate music. Then came the service and ex-service men in mufti under Capt D F Torrens. They appeared to be thoroughly enjoying themselves and at intervals struck up various Army songs, not the least popular of which was “Rolling Home”. Following these were the Urban Council and local magistrates, looking rather dignified seated in a large waggon and smoking big cigars. Local members of the Board of Guardians came next in the car of Mr Jas H Nettleship, who is vice chairman of this authority. Representatives of the Post Office Service followed, and then a detachment of girl land workers under the command of L Cpl G Drayton (W.R.A.F.) The bugle bands of the local detachment of the 4th Volunteer Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and the De Aston Cadet Coy had been amalgamated for the occasion, and gave a very creditable account of themselves. There was only a very small detachment of Volunteers, but the Cadet Company, under the command of Cadet Capt P J Timms and Cadet Lieut H H Clews, were in full force and presented a smart and soldierly appearance. Following the Cadets was the fire brigade in uniform on their engine. The most picturesque and effective part of the procession was undoubtably Mrs Footitt’s fair dancers, dressed in red, white and black, and each carrying a Union Jack. Then came the various Sunday School children and teachers, each school being preceded by their respective banners. The younger children were driven in waggons, which had been kindly lent. The various schools vied with one another to sing the best and cheer the loudest, and had there been a prize offered no doubt the children in one of the waggons would have got it for singing “Sergt Brown”. Next came the tradesmen’s turnouts, a very creditable show, at the tail of the procession. Whilst the procession was proceeding round the town, two decorated motor cars, containing local disabled soldiers, made a collection in aid of St Dunstans Home for Blind Soldiers. Collections also made on the sports field at night and at Middle Rasen, Walesby and Tealby, and altogether the handsome sum of £21 was realise. The collection was made under the auspices of the local branch of the Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors, who wish to thank Mr J H Hill and Mr H E Rose for the use of the cars and the public for contributing so generously. On the return of the procession to the Market Place, Mr T Bonnett (chairman of the Urban Council) thanked everybody who had in any way helped towards making the celebrations a success. He expressed sympathy with the relatives of the fallen, and intimated that it was the intention of the Peace Committee to give a reception as soon as possible to the local soldiers and ex-soldiers who had returned to the town.