Names for Bombers – “Conisborough Castle ” and “Denaby “

February 1941

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 01 February 1941

Names for Bombers

“Conisborough Castle ” and “Denaby ”

Last Friday’s meeting of the National Savings Committee was devoted exclusively to discussing plans for the forthcoming War Weapons Week, which will be run in conjunction with certain other districts in the area.

Mr. T. C. Campbell reported upon the proceedings of a meeting of the Co-ordinating Committee which had been held at Mexborough, and stated that the Chairman of the Conisborough Savings Committee, Coun. D. Sheldon, had been appointed chairman of the Co-ordinating Committee which had decided to invite the Dearne district to participate in the joint effort.

The Chairman of the local publicity committee, Mr. J. H. Rawding reported that his committee had tentative arrangements in hand for a military parade and demonstration on the opening day and that Mr. Tom Williams, M.P., had been invited to address the demonstration. In addition, a cinema van would be utilised for touring the district, banners would be displayed across the streets, and two empty shops, one in Conisborough and another in Denaby had been secured free of charge which would be used, as central bureaux and at which it was hoped to make arrangements for the sale of Savings Certificates.

Local shopkeepers were to be contacted with a view to them undertaking special window displays, arrangements were being made for the distribution of 5,000 leaflets, and blank posters, provided by the National Savings Movement, were to have incorporated individual designs by the local artist, Mr L Croxall, who hopes also to enlist the help of the local schoolchildren.

Finally, arrangements were in hand for pictorial indicators of a novel design showing the amount realised from day to day to be placed at various points in the area.

Councillor F Kelsall said that the Personal Contact Committee had met and have compiled a list of individuals and firms who would invest money during War Weapons Week and members of the Committee had been detailed to approach such people.

The aim of the Conisborough and Denaby area is to raise £60,000 for three bombers, and the Savings Committee on Friday provisionally decided to fix the names of the 3 aircraft.

It was agreed, subject to approval, to name the first two “Conisborough Castle,” and “Denaby,” and to invite local schoolchildren to select an appropriate name for the third.