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Queen Street, Gas Showrooms and Offices


Subject ID:
2007212_162937
Location:
Morley
Subject Year:
Copyright:
David Atkinson Archive
Class number:
MORLEY M 1749
Queen Street, Gas Showrooms and Offices
Description:
1940/41. View of the Gas showrooms and offices in Queen Street during the second World War. A gas cooker is displayed in the window. A poster is also displayed advertising the 'Wings For Victory Campaign' and 'War Effort'. Two women are looking in the window. The 'Wings For Victory' government campaign was very successful in Morley as £5,000 was raised in 1941 and donated to the Ministry of Aircraft Production. The nationwide scheme made funding available for the building of Spitfires. Many of these were produced at the Vickers Armstrong factory, Castle Bromwich, in the West Midlands. In recognition of Morley's contribution a Mark II B Spitfire (number P8658)was built and named 'Borough of Morley'. It saw action in 1941 with 610, 15, 266, 124 and 54 squadrons before serving in 1942 and 43 with Officer Training Units (58 and 61). It was scrapped on 2nd November 1944. The gas showrooms are likely to be numbered as 24 Queen Street with the small shop adjacent as number 22. Beyond is Scatcherd Lane and Scatcherd Park. There is seating arranged in Scatcherd Lane and advertising for a miniature railway. Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.

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