Celebrations

Includes the end of WW2, Coronations and other Celebrations on the Common as well as elsewhere in Downley.

2021
The 2020 Downley Day was cancelled as a consequence of Covid-19, whilst the 2021 celebration was postponed from June to September

2021
Unusually large numbers of attendees enjoyed Downley Day in the warm September sunshine on the Common

2021
76th Anniversary VE Day, socially-distanced celebrations held in Littleworth Road during the Covid-19 lockdown


2021
76th Anniversary VE Day, socially-distanced celebrations held in Gray’s Lane during the Covid-19 lockdown

1986
Downley Day – preparing a float in the grounds of Mines & West factory on Plomer Green Lane

1986
Downley Day Parade passing the Mines & West factory on Plomer Green Lane near the junction with Gray’s Lane

1986
Downley Day at Brenchwood School

1977
Downley village celebrates the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. For more details of the activities and events click here.

1968
The Jollities, held in the grounds of St James’ Church opposite Westover Road

1953
Celebrating in Plomer Green Lane, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

1953
Celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the Common, with Gibbs Grocers in the background.

1953
Celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the Common

1953
Celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Parade passing the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Chapel Street.

1953
Celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Parade passing the Primitive Methodist Chapel in Chapel Street.

1953
Celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, on Commonside

1947
May Day Celebrations on the Common.

c1946
May Day Celebrations on the Common

1945

1945
The Victory Party in Jubilee Road.

1945
The Victory Party in Jubilee Road.

1945
The Victory Party in Jubilee Road

1945
VE day parade in School Close, Downley

1945
VE Day Celebrations on the Common. A similar design of the flaming torches is used for the November 5 Torchlight parade from Commonside to the Bonfire site.

1945
VE Day Celebrations on the Common

1939
May Day Celebrations on the Common

1937
Celebrating the Coronation of George VI on Downley Common

1937
Celebrating the Coronation of George VI on Downley Common

1935
Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of George V on Downley Common

1935
Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of George V on Downley Common, with George Newell representing Dickie Grey – an old Downley character – with Jim Newell and Ted Patey as the front and back respectively of one of his string of donkeys.

1928
George and Elizabeth Bristow (seated centre) commemorate their Diamond Wedding Anniversay together with their 11 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren outside the Downley War Memorial Hall in June 1928.

1923
Maypole dancers raising funds for the Downley War Memorial Hall