****** 1946 ******

A further 34 Darwen lives had been lost in 1945 as a direct result of war action. For many people they thought that the war had ended in May 1945 when the Germans surrendered. Others thought that the war was over in August when the Japanese surrendered. However, servicemen and women were still on active service and many of them were overseas. Out in the Far East there was unrest amongst the ranks as they thought they had been forgotten and were not being re-patriated quickly enough. Although kept quiet, 52 Squadron actually mutinied and were refusing to go on parade, service aircraft or carry out normal duties. Some even went on hunger strike. Having destroyed infrastructure, removed authority and damaged sources of essentials such as food and hospital services an army cannot simply leave on surrender. Europe was pretty much the same and there was a lot to be done before we could leave. Back home people were trying to get back to normal but rationing would carry on for some items for almost a decade. Worried about the sudden increase of motors on the road now that menfolk (drivers) were returning and petrol rationing was not so severe, Darwen held a Road Safety Week. Trams disappeared from Darwen's roads.

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