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Kaga simpson
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736 of 749  Fri 25th Oct 2019 9:42am  
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This tells me they didn't knock all buildings down in the late thirties without thought, the Pru re-built but keeping the medieval appearance.
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Saffron Walden
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737 of 749  Thu 14th Nov 2019 7:12am  
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On 27th Nov 2017 11:57am, Midland Red said: I've found it on t'internet: "Armistice Day. Inspector Langford and PC 150 Smith are standing in the road to halt the traffic while the two minutes silence takes place in Broadgate, Coventry. 11th November 1929"
I’ve only just joined this site and found your post. Inspector Langford (later Deputy Chief Constable and Chief Superintendent) was my dad!
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Helen F
Warrington
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738 of 749  Thu 14th Nov 2019 10:23am  
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Hi Maggiemay Wave How amazing to connect someone with an old photo. Did you have a copy already?
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argon
New Milton
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739 of 749  Tue 26th Nov 2019 3:59pm  
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There is an unusual little video on Broadgate You Tube Broadgate
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Helen F
Warrington
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740 of 749  Tue 26th Nov 2019 4:21pm  
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Very cleverly done. Thanks for the link argon. Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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741 of 749  Sat 7th Dec 2019 11:07am  
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From a different view point!
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Gloucester
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742 of 749  Sun 8th Dec 2019 8:59pm  
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1920s Broadgate Forum library image
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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743 of 749  Mon 10th Feb 2020 4:35pm  
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Annewiggy, May I ask another favour, something has just reminded me - did Coventry have street and shop illuminations or some special lights? I must have been about four or five, and it was after cutting the corn, say end of August/Sept 31/32.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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744 of 749  Mon 10th Feb 2020 7:19pm  
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I can’t find anything Kaga, I have searched for a few relevant words around those dates. They seemed more interested in providing coaches to go to Blackpool!
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Helen F
Warrington
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745 of 749  Mon 10th Feb 2020 8:06pm  
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I don't know if this is what you mean Kaga but with advent of gas, some of the shops in the main routes had exterior lamps with a variety lamp shades. They were on their way out by your time but the shops seem to have been well lit. Forum library image Edited by member, 10th Feb 2020 8:08 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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746 of 749  Tue 11th Feb 2020 9:51am  
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Helen F, Thank you. I'm not sure, every light seems to be on, so could be.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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747 of 749  Tue 11th Feb 2020 10:31am  
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Looking through the newspapers there seems to be a thing about “illuminating “ everything in 1931. Kenilworth Castle gatehouse was illuminated for a while and of course everyone was off to Blackpool. There was also something called the International Illumination Congress, going round various talk. The other new thing they were talking about was illuminating kerbs to save accidents. The one thought I had though was would your memory be August Kaga. It would not get dark until later in the evening.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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748 of 749  Tue 11th Feb 2020 4:36pm  
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Annewiggy, Thank you for chasing, yes could be August. I was thinking if they lit up the Council House or places, all I know I think the folks got excited about something, it would be a first anyway.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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749 of 749  Wed 12th Feb 2020 9:22am  
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Helen, Look how open pane the windows were, no fancy coloured adverts, full light and it had not changed much in '39 so no wonder the blackout came so drastic to us, and why they took so much covering up. Also, why the roofs and walls were daubed in those large painted letters as adverts. To me I wandered round town and all these things hardly registered, I had seen them so many times, just absorbed into the background. Now they are more individual on this forum, have to re-think.
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