VE Day celebration

The VE Day street party for the children of Shelford Road, Milton, Portsmouth, held on May 8, 1945
The VE Day street party for the children of Shelford Road, Milton, Portsmouth, held on May 8, 1945

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Tables piled high with sandwiches and slabs of cake. There were party hats and bunting.

And for these children life was slowly returning to a normality most could not remember.

This was the VE Day children’s party in Shelford Road, Milton, Portsmouth, on Tuesday, May 8, 1945 – the day that marked the end of the Second World War in Europe.

It comes from the collection of David Warren-Holland, of South Parade, Southsea, who is the boy on the left with his arm raised.

He says: ‘My main memory of that day was Harry Madgwick, a local greengrocer who is on the right in a light-coloured jacket, giving the children rides in his horse and cart around the streets.’

Anybody else recognise themselves?