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Location - Leeds & District

[1]Queen Street, gas showrooms (Morley)
Queen Street, gas showroomsC1940s. View of Morley Gas Corporation's showrooms and offices on Queen Street, taken during World War II with a notice in the window for 'Wings for Victory Week'. Two ladies are seen looking in the window and a man can be seen on the right. Behind him is a notice advertising a minature railway. Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.
[2]Queen Street, Gas Showrooms and Offices (Morley)
Queen Street, Gas Showrooms and Offices1940/41. 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.
[3]Wings For Victory (City Centre) (1 comment)
Wings For Victory1st July 1943. This was designated 'Women's Day', part of a week long campaign to raise funds to buy aircraft. In the centre is HRH The Duchess of Gloucester (Alice), she has moved the indicator to reveal that the appeal total is over £4 million (£4,510,384). This was in Victoria Square, outside Leeds Town Hall. The Lord Mayor, Miss V.B. Kitson is on the left.
[4]Wings For Victory (City Centre)
Wings For Victory30th June 1943. Massed choirs of Leeds school children on the steps of Leeds Town Hall. Each day of the week long Wings For Victory campaign was given a special focus, this was Childrens Day. In the background is the indicator board which was altered daily. A final total of £7.2 million was raised.
[5]Wings For Victory (City Centre)
Wings For Victory3rd July 1943. This is the culmination of Wings For Victory Week (26th June - 3rd July). At 7pm the final total of funds raised is held aloft by Miss Jessie B. Kitson, Lord Mayor of Leeds and on the right Major J. Milner. The objective had been to raise £5 million, the total displayed was £6,706,740. The eventual sum was finally £7.2 million. The location was an exhibition ground created on a British Legion car park at the bottom of Eastgate.
[6]Wings for Victory campaign - Mark II B Spitfire' Borough of Morley' (Morley)
Wings for Victory campaign - Mark II B Spitfire1941. The funds to build this Mark II B Spitfire (P.8658) in 1941 were raised by the Mayor, Alexander Wilson, and townspeople of Morley in their Wings for Victory Campaign - £5,000 was donated to the Ministry of Aircraft Production and in recognition the Ministry named the Spitfire 'Borough of Morley'. Many of the Spitfires, including this one, were produced at the Vickers Armstrong factory, Castle Bromwich, in the West Midlands at a cost of £12,000-14,000 each. The 'Borough of Morley' saw action in 1941 with 610, 15, 266, 124 and 54 squadrons before serving in 1942 and 43 with Operational Training Units (58 and 61). It was finally scrapped on 2nd November 1944. Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.
[7]Wings For Victory, Exhibition (City Centre) (2 comments)
Wings For Victory, Exhibition1943. This fund raising event took place between 26th June - 3rd July 1943. It was hoped that £5 million would be raised, the final total was actually £7.2 million. This exhibition area was situated at the bottom of Eastgate. The plane is an Avro Anson, used for training purposes. The Avro factory was close to Yeadon Airport (now Leeds Bradford International Airport) in World War 2 and it was where many Lancaster bombers (of The Dam Busters fame) were built. On the left edge in the centre is a static water tank, constructed for emergency use. The corner of Quarry Hill Flats can be seen immediately above. Buses are on St Peter's Street, the bus station is to the right. The event is well attended, a crowd has gathered to listen to a speaker.
[8]Wings For Victory, March Past (City Centre)
Wings For Victory, March Past29th June 1943. March past, part of Leeds Wings For Victory campaign. A contingent of Civil Defence workers are marching along The Headrow, Air Commodore G.A. Walker D.S.O., D.F.C. is taking the salute. A banner in front of the Central Library advertises an exhibition of Royal Air Force War photographs.
[9]Wings For Victory, Parade (City Centre)
Wings For Victory, Parade1943. Leeds Wings For Victory week was held 26th June - 3rd July 1943. This was a public appeal to raise a minimum of £5 million pounds to provide aeroplanes for the war effort. People were urged to invest money in National War Bonds, Savings Certificates and Bonds which would be payable in the future. This view shows crowds lining The Headrow watching a march past of combined forces and bands. This is looking from the corner with Oxford Place (on the left) towards Lewis's store (now Allders). On the left Victoria Gardens can be seen. This is the public open space in front of the Municipal Buildings, housing Central Library and Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Town Hall. The base of the War Memorial can be seen in front of the Art Gallery, then 3 rectangular static water tanks for use in emergency by the Fire and Rescue Services. In front of the Town Hall is a MK 2B Hawker Hurricane.
[10]Wings For Victory, United Nations Day (City Centre)
Wings For Victory, United Nations Day2nd July 1943. This was designated United Nations Day, part of a week long fund-raising campaign to provide money for new aircraft. Standing at the microphone is HM King Peter II of Yugoslavia, this was in Victoria Square, outside Leeds Town Hall. Behind is the indicator board with target and total figures of funds raised. To the left of the King is Miss J.B. Kitson, Lord Mayor of Leeds.