Uitleg van John Hopkins uit Congleton bij foto parade 24 mei 1941 door Congleton:

1. It was probably taken with an excellent camera, lens and timing, perhaps by the Chronicle photographer of those days who, if I recall correctly, was Ernest J Pedley.

2. The Bandmaster, de Groot, and Big Drummer, Cornelius, are instantly recognisable.

3. To judge from the crowd of onlookers, the occasion was somewhat special and not one of the routine training marches which, as I think I remarked earlier, I used to follow round the country lanes on my bicycle. I would then be about 9 or 10 years old. See also the Union Jack flags outside the shop on the right which was probably that of Tom Warrington’s butcher’s, an old established trading family in the Town. The size of the crowd and the two strands of bunting across the street also suggest a special parade.

4. I don’t know how many men of the Dutch Brigade were billeted in the Town. It seems clear that the first group of troops in FSMO (from my limited military experience - “Full Service Marching Order”) were in that brigade, but perhaps not those in the rear in standard every-day military dress. It is possible that there were the local Home Guard but too many in number, I should think, to be simply the Congleton contingent.

5. The location and times are very well known to me and the photo brings back many memories. The band is in Bridge Street, the rearmost soldiers in Duke Street (don’t ask), and still emerging from Mill Street. If you look at the rear-most officer (?) marching alongside the troops in standard dress, directly on his right is Little Street. Pretty exactly on his left is the newsagent’s shop where I lived throughout these times, from 1937 to 1946. Thus, I had a front row position for every event in the main street and, possibly, am in the photo just outside the shop or at an upstairs window.