Victory Street Party

Victory Street Party

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Date Photo Taken 1st January 0001
Partial / Incomplete Date 1945
Picture Reference MerMor_​28_​20-4
Original Format Photo
Notes / History This street party, celebrating the ending of the Second World War, took place either on 8th May (VE day) or 15th August (VJ day). Its exact location is not known. It was one of many enjoyed throughout the country as the Axis powers surrendered, giving a short period of relief from the sadness and uncertainty that marked the end of one era and the beginning of another.

The website of the Imperial War Museum (https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-you-need-to-know-about-ve-day) notes that ‘VE Day was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it. It meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering and privations to the populations of entire countries. Millions of people rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered, relieved that the intense strain of the war was finally over. In towns and cities across the world, people marked victory with street parties, dancing and singing.

But it was not the end of the conflict, nor was it an end to the impact war had on people. The war against Japan did not end until August 1945, and political, social and economic repercussions of the Second World War were felt long after Germany and Japan surrendered.’

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