1945 VE Street Party at Ash Road, Hadleigh

Bob Delderfield
Standing at back (L to R)23.
 1. Beryl Polkinghorn  [daughter of 12]24. David Shaw
 2. Mr Smith  [bus driver]25. ??? Shaw
 3. Mr Joiner26. Doreen Bullock
 4. Mrs Joiner27.
 5. Joyce Smith28. Ann Ablitt
 6. Mrs Shaw29. Billy Ablitt
 7. Mrs Bush30. Jack Polkinghorn
 8. Violet Pryke  [dtr of 10]31. Derek Owen
 9. ???   [daughter-in-law of 7]32. Len Cowling
10. Mrs Pryke   [mother of 6]33. Victor Cowling
11.34. Alf Cowling
12. Mrs Polkinghorn  [mother of 1]35. Marion Cowling
13. Gwen Kedge36. Ellen Bullock
14. Mr Shaw37.
15. Peter Shaw  [held in father’s arms]38. Mrs Lite
Seated/standing at table (clockwise)39. Mrs Wheal
16. Roy Shaw40.
17. Peter Shaw41. Mrs Shove
18. Pat Shaw  [died in N.Z]42. Gwendoline Shaw
19.43. Sidney Shaw
21. Olive Wheal45. Eddie Polkinghorn
22. Sally Wheal


This is one of several parties held in Hadleigh to celebrate the end of WW2 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 that day and on the next few days.

Most names from Derek Owen.
Some names from Rose and Olive Turnidge and Gwen Shaw.

If you know any of the missing names (including first 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 photo and names is available for download. This will be updated in line with the names above.



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