1945 VE Street Party at Beech Road, Hadleigh

Derek Barber
Standing at back (L to R)12. Brian Cornwall
   1. ??? (poss Arthur) Smith13. Molly Cassidy
   2. Mrs Smith14. ???  [girl looking away]
   3. Patrick Keen15. Mary Parsons
  4. Peggy Keen  [mother of 3]16. Ann Smith
  5. David Cornwall17. Rita Little  [Canada]
  6. Mrs Cornwall  [mother of 5 & 12]18. Katherine Cassidy
Seated (clockwise from far end)19. Maureen Cassidy
  7. Alec ? Smith20. Beryl Bainbridge
  8.21. Brenda Smith
  9.22. Phyllis Bonner
10. John Smith23. Angela ???
11. ??? [boy looking away]24. Shirley Store

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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.

Notes:
Photo from Derek Barber.
Most names from Katherine Cassidy via Rob Keen.
Some names from Beryl Bainbridge.
Some names from Maureen Hume (née Theobald).

If you know any of the missing (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. A pdf document with an original version of the photo suitable for printing is also available.

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