During an event in nearby Hollinsclough a local resident showed us this letter, dated November 11th 1918. The name of the writer is unknown. It records the local reaction to the end of the First World war.
Read on for a transcription:
Must congratulate you all on the VICTORY you have achieved. The glad news arrived here by wire this dinner hour. The Union Jack is hoisted on the church steeple, the bell has been ringing, and children and people are shouting themselves hoarse. Flags are displayed at nearly every window. Mother was at Waterhouse this afternoon and she hear the boys from there cheering our British Flag which has waved beautifully in the glorious sunshine this afternoon. There is a special thanksgiving service tonight at church at seven o’clock but
“There is sadness mingled with gladness,
God Bless our splendid men,
Bring them safe home again,
God bless our men”
Stories and photos were collected from local people with the help of Harry Hitchen and the members of History Live.