Post War/Elizabeth II (1945-present)

1951. Pedigree Petfoods moved to Melton Mowbray from Slough, having outgrown its premises there. The closure of the woollen mill provided not only a site with room for modernisation and expansion but also labour. The other factors that influenced the move were good access, especially to the fishing ports and adequate water availability. The products produced then were Kit-E-Kat, Whiskers, Chappie and Lassie. The Kit-E-Kat poster shown here was produced at this time.

1961. At the end of the 1950’s Melton Aerodrome was closed down. The Polish families who had made their home there were moved into Melton Mowbray. In 1961 the first ever Polish Church in England was build on Sandy Lane. It is dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa. The Polish dancers represent the Polish community in Melton Mowbray.

1965. The mid-sixties saw a boom in housing and municipal building in response to the rapidly growing population of the town. In 1965 the new police station in Leicester Road was built and the swimming pool was opened by the Marquess of Exeter. The money for the swimming pool was raised in the town by Toc H, who started campaigning and collecting in 1955. The population of the town had doubled in the three decades after the Second World War and in 1976 was 20,000. As it increased, so to did the need for houses; the digger and building site represent this.

1946. The Royal Army Veterinary Corps moved to the Melton Depot from Doncaster. Expanding the site of the Remount Depot, the RAVC now train all the Army’s horses and the dogs for the Army, Ministry of Defence Police and Royal Navy.

1986. Melton Borough Council was granted its own coat of arms on 17th December 1986. The elements that go to make it reflect much of the history of the town: the rampant Lion of the de Mowbray family, the ancient castles of Belvoir, Melton Mowbray and Thorpe Arnold. The agriculture of the area is represented by the wheat sheaves, the bull and the horse. The cross shows the town’s links with the church. Finally the motto sums up nicely this market town as it prepares for the new millennium: ‘Unity with Diversity’.

1996. Emily Jennings won a Gold medal at the Para Olympics in Atlanta. Before and since she has competed in events around the world. In 1999, at the age of 18, she had over 365 Gold medals and no idea how many silver and bronze medals. A happy young Meltonian who has become famous through doing what she enjoys, swimming, but not to the expulsion of real life and friends. This is why she is this time zone’s key person.

1999. The European Union, health scares and increasing pressures on the farming community have all led to changes in the landscape around Melton Mowbray. Perhaps most obviously seen in the bright yellow fields of oil seed rape. The buffalo can be seen grazing in the fields at Nether Broughton.

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