THIS delightful photograph shows children who took part in a Peace Pageant at Smethwick less than a year after the hostilities of the 1914/18 War had ended.
These children were joining in a national celebration of peace, in the fervent hope that war would be a thing of the past. Sadly, as we know full well, that would not be the case, but at least these Smethwick youngsters were determined to show that they had hope for the future during those dark years following the First World War, when most of them were no doubt mourning the loss of family members.
This photograph has been provided by Kathleen Lane (nee Grove), and she tells us that it was taken outside St Paul’s Parish Room, Marshall Street, Smethwick, in 1919.
Kathleen’s mother in law, Amy Lane (nee Armstrong), is standing at the back, next to ‘Britannia’, and is wearing a peace sash, Other children are draped in Union Jacks and Stars & Stripes, and some are wearing sashes bearing names of various countries. If you can identify any of the other children please let us know.