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Midgley Place, VE Street Party.


Midgley Place, VE Street Party.
Description:
1945. Image shows the residents of Midgley Place posing for the camera at their celebration of VE Day, when a party was held in the street. The children are seated at tables arranged in a line across the width of the street, where a party tea is laid out. The mothers and carers are standing behind the children wearing their best dresses, some waving Union Jacks. A washing line strung across the street holds more Union Jacks and 'V's' for Victory. Mrs Owen is the lady on the extreme left. There are 6 boys seated behind the tables, the four in the middle are named, from left to right, Peter Poulter, Neville Owen, Keith Owen and Colin Desmond. Bobby Gossom, wearing a white shirt is seated at the right-hand end of the tables. On the front row, fourth from the right in a light coloured dress is Eveline Owen. At the extreme right of the front row is Terry Wormald, and, next to him, is Joyce Gossom. The two boys together on the left of the front row are two brothers who were evacuees from London lodging with the Desmond family.

User Comments:

Name:
Janice Owen (nee Atkinson)

Comment:
My late Aunt, Norah Desmond is third from the left on this photograph, the two boys mentioned in the write up as evacuees were called Allan & Colin from Croydon, they continued to come to Leeds for at least 10 years after the war for a holiday with my family. Because we already had a Colin in the family(seated) Colin from Croydon was knicknamed 'Titch' as he was smaller! Later he grew much taller than my cousin Colin, but the name still stuck! My late Mother, Evelyn Atkinson, is fourth from the left at the back of the table, holding my late brother, Paul. I wasn't born until 1948 so missed out on the fun! The lady between Mrs Owen (no relation) and my Aunt was called Alice Rhodes.My Auntie was married to a New Zealander who at one time played rugby league for Leeds and Castleford, his name was Walter (Wally) Desmond. Happy Days indeed.

Date:
17-Feb-2010

Email:
johnstuart.owen@ntlworld.com

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Name:
Alan Owen

Comment:
That fine lady to the extreme left is my grandmother Kate Owen. The 2 boys in the back, Neville and Keith Owen are 2 of her sons. The 3rd son, Ralph was serving in the Navy. I visited Midgely Terrace once in 1968. Wonderful memories are attached with that trip. Thanks for having this photo on the net. Hello to the rest of the Owen family and God bless June 26, 2010 Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec Canada

Date:
26-Jun-2010

Email:
alanduo@videotron.ca

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Name:
Les Billingham

Comment:
I was born in November 1945, across Woodhouse St, in Eltham View. My Mum & Dad were great Leeds RL fans and I remember them talking talking about Wally Desmond playing for Leeds. I've just looked up his record from Ken Dalby's "Headingley Story Vol 2" and he played 44 times and scored 24 tries for Leeds, starting on 29 Oct 1927 against Keighley, so by 1945 he'd be at the back end of his playing days! The street in the photo looks more like Midgley View to me, as Midgley Terrace ran slightly up hill to join Woodhouse St.

Date:
26-Jun-2010

Email:
ann-les-taz2@tiscali.co.uk

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Name:
Andy Howard

Comment:
Hi folks I'm looking for a rugby picture of Wally Desmond for a project of Nz internationals who played at Castleford and help gladly received thanks

Date:
16-Nov-2013

Email:
a_howard14@hotmail.com

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