wiganworld home page
Home Photos of Wigan Stuff News What's on Classifieds Forum Communicate Guestbook Links
 Search    In association with  The Wigan Courier
  Album
 Album contents
  Walking days
  Schools
  Work
  Street scenes
  Places
  People
  Sports
  Assorted
 
  Upload Your Photos
 
More photos of Wigan
  New gallery
  Old gallery
  Wigan streets
  Photo-a-Day
  Wiganers at Work
 
Webcam
  wiganworld webcam
 
 
beckett family   Views: 812
1951 General Election   Comments: 12
Photo: Keith Beckett   Item #: 30641  
 
1951 General Election

Alert Image scaled down from 806px to 596px wide Click here, or click the photo to view original
 
  A free lift for people to vote at the 1951 General Election. My grand father Edmund 'Ted' Beckett is on the right.
Ronnie Williams was elected for the Labour party having won the seat in 1948 after the death in office of William Foster at the age of 60.
Ronnie died in office at the age of 50 in 1958.
The Wigan MP's appointment began to look like a poisoned chalice with William Foster's predecessor also having died in office.
Hopefully the trend was concluded with the death of Roger Stott in 1999 at the age of 56.
 

 [<< Back] 12 user comment(s) below:-  [Leave a comment]

Comments by AP, 12th July 2018  
Is that one of the cars built during the post WW2 steel shortage, when they could not roof them in metal?

I had one of those.

Comments by DerekB, 12th July 2018  
AP, I think the roof features an open sun roof. The car is a Vauxhall.

Comments by Veronica, 12th July 2018  
As a child of the fifties I can remember myself and my childhood pal chanting 'Vote,vote for Ronnie Williams...' and marching as well! We must have started early in Scholes! Just reading his name in the caption brought it all back to me.

Comments by RON HUNT, 13th July 2018  
Veronica it went
"VOTE VOTE VOTE FOR RONNIE WILLIAMS HE WILL SURELY WIN THE DAY IF YOU DON'T LET HIM HIM WE'LL KICK YOUR DOOR IN AND YOU'LL NEVER SEE YOUR DAUGHTER/MAMMY ANYMORE

Comments by Veronica, 13th July 2018  
Thats it Ron - I knew there was more to it but I couldn't just remember it all -but I still recall the tune! I remember the vans/cars with the loudspeakers urging everyone to vote,vote, vote for Ronnie Williams coming along the cobbled streets! ;0))

Comments by Spud, 14th July 2018  
I lived in wall gate and I can remember singing that song great times

Comments by John G, 14th July 2018  
Ron/Veronica: That's what you call a big twist on Democracy and free speech. Trump would be proud of that slogan, just add we are going to build a wall and your there.

Comments by Ray, 14th July 2018  
The version we sung as kids in the 1950s went...
VOTE VOTE VOTE FOR MR ATTLEE
THROW OLD CHURCHILL IN THE DOCK
FOR ATTLEE IS THE MAN
AND WE`LL HAVE HIM IF WE CAN
AND WE`LL CHUCK OLD CHURCHILL IN THE DOCK
BY HIS Cxxx AT 1 O CLOCK

Comments by Poet, 14th July 2018  
Bit too Stalinist for my liking. Left wing zealots are as dangerous as Rightist ones.

Comments by Albert, 18th July 2018  
Always recognise a Vauxhall, with the chrome groove along each edge of its bonnet. I heard his electoral speech in 1951, when he gave it in the Wigan Hippodrome.

Comments by Albert, 19th July 2018  
I remember the Tory’s ditty. “ Back Churchill, and Win. Back Attlee and Clem”. The quote was prominent in one of the newspapers, probably one of the Tory press..

 
 © 2018 wiganworld
Click here to read the privacy policy, disclaimer and copyright information.
Please contact us with your ideas, suggestions, moans or questions.