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Victory in Europe -
features some of the children who lived in Church Hill
Road, Thurmaston. They are celebrating the end of the
war in Europe - VE-day - the 8th May 1945. The conical
hat worn by boy number three can be seen to bear part
of the word "Victory". Can you identify any
of the people in this picture? Is one of these people
your father or mother, grandfather or grandmother? Are
you one of the children in this picture?
The VE-Day celebrations were a nationwide outpouring of
emotion and thanksgiving for the end of hostilities in
Europe. For tens of thousands of people in Britain VE-Day
was also tinged with sadness. There was the knowledge
that many young men and women had not been fortunate to
live to see the day when the war in Europe would be over.
Of course, for many servicemen and women in the far-east
the war was not over. Victory over Japan, VJ-Day, would
only be realised following the unleashing of atomic weapons.
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