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Weapons Week - Warship Week - Wings for Victory


The Washington Post
Appeal from Council Chairman

War Week Appeal

 

The Washington Post
Weapons Week Events - 1941

War Week Events
Note the Importance of Washington 'F' Colliery Miners' Hall to the entire Washington Community.

 

The Washington Post
Weapons Week Edition, 1941
( Local Business Adverts )

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Local Businesses - 1941

 

The Washington Post
Weapons Week Edition, 1941
( Local Business Adverts )

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Local Businesses - 1941

 

The Washington Post
Weapons Week Edition, 1941
( LOcal Business Adverts )

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Local Businesses - 1941
When was the last time you had Mutton Stew?

 

The Washington Post
Weapons Week Edition, 1941
( Local Business Adverts )

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Local Businesses - 1941

 

Warship Week & 'Wings for Victory' Week
( Washington Raising Money for the War Effort )

Warship Week Programme
Washington's Warship Week - 1942

Wings for Victory Week
Washington's 'Wings for Victory' Week - 1943

On the 24th May 1941, the British Battleship HMS Hood sank in the Denmark Strait while engaging the German Battleship Bismark. This was arguably the most well known British naval disaster of World War II. As 1941 progressed, it became a very bad year for the Royal Navy - further losses included a significant number of major fighting ships as well as numerous smaller warships. Many sailors lost their lives when their ships went down. The men could be replaced by recruitment campaigns and volunteers, but money was needed to build and equip new warships.

In late 1941 and early 1942, the British Government organised a nationwide drive to encourage National Savings. Each area of the UK was allocated a savings target based on the size of its population. Warships were then assigned to each area according to the size of their savings target, with large cities being allocated major warships. Washington was allocated HMS Sarabande, an Armoured Trawler capable of anti-submarine warfare and mine-sweeping. As each area's target was met, their adopted ship's Commanding Officer would visit to exchange plaques, photographs, documents etc. with local representatives.

The number of warships adopted was over 1,200 and the money saved was effectively loaned, as War Bonds, to the Government for the duration of the war. This plan financed new ships and gave people throughout the UK their own 'personal' ship to look out for. Warship Week in Washington raised £57,000.

For more on HMS Sarabande, click the WASHINGTON WARSHIP Link above.

'Wings for Victory' Week - June 1943

Wings for Victory
Some of the events that took place during Washington's 'Wings For Victory' Week in June 1943.

[Another example of how prominently Washington Miners' Welfare Hall once figured in the lives of the local community.]