1945 VE Street Party at Church Road, Hadleigh, in the school grounds

Standing behind table, back row  (L to R)28.
  1.29.
  2.30.
  3. Joan Hayes31.
  4.32.
  5.33.
  6. Mrs Clark34.
  7.35.
  8. Dulcie Meadows36.
  9.37. June Thompson (later Charman)  [N.Z.]
10.38.
11.Sitting at table (anti-clockwise from back right)
12.39.
13.40.
14.41.
15.42.
16.43.
17.44.
18.45.
19.46. ??? Mascall ?
20. Mrs F Nichols47.
21.48.
22. Mrs Collender49.
Sitting/standing in front of back row (R to L)50.
23.51.
24.52. Frankie Allway ?
25. Edgar Collender53.
26.54.
27.

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This is one of several parties held in Hadleigh to celebrate the end of  WW2 hostilities in Europe. In Britain, the allied victory was announced on the evening of Tuesday 7th May 1945. The following day – Wednesday 8th May – was declared a national holiday, known as Victory in Europe (VE) Day, and parties were held all over the country on VE Day and over succeeding days.

The Southend Times & Recorder of 23rd May 1945 reported on this party as follows:

“Through the efforts of Mrs Victor Clark, of ‘Oakdene’, Church Road, a party was given for the children of the district on Saturday. It took place in the playground of the Hadleigh Council Schools, by kind permission of the Headmaster (Mr Tutt). There were over 60 children present and the refreshments, which included ice-cream, were served by voluntary helpers. Two parcels of food were given by anonymous donators and nearly £8 was collected by the children’s parents towards the tea.”

Notes:
Photo from Derek Barber.
Some names from Maureen Hume (3, 37), Bob Nichols (6, 20), Kay Watson (8).

If you know any of the missing or incomplete names or if you notice any errors then please leave a comment or send an e-mail to admin@hadleighhistory.org.uk. The names in the article will be updated when new or corrected information is received.

A pdf document with the numbered photo and names is available for download. This will be updated in line with the names above. A pdf document with an original version of the photo suitable for printing is also available.

 

 

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