What was ‘Thanksgiving’ Week? – ‘Thanksgving’ Week was a fund raising scheme to encourage civilians to save their money in Government accounts, such as War Bonds, Savings Bonds, Defence Bonds and Savings Certificates. Cash would be paid into Post Offices or Banks. In much the same way as War Weapons Week, it would coincide with a week of parades, exhibitions and other war paraphernalia.
In 1945 it was decided the national scheme would be themed around raising funds to get ‘our lads’ home and to help rebuild the nation.
THANKSGIVING WEEK – On 13th October, Brandon’s ‘Thanksgiving Week’ started with a torchlight procession which was accompanied by the Cambridge Silver Prize Band. The event also included a Thanksgiving Service led by the Rev Tyrell Green and assisted by the Rev D.H. Bareham, Chaplain E.E. Ramsay, C.S. Band and united choirs. Mr A.E. Chapman conducted the singing and music. A Grand Victory Ball featuring both new and old dancing, was held at the Church Institute and here the music was played by the B.B.C. artists featuring 7-year-old Pamela Beales who was about to leave for Hollywood to take up film work. The Master of Ceremonies was Mr D.P. Lingwood. Other events included a monster whist drive, the Norwich Juvenile Theatre and another visit from Madame Osina’s Concert Party.