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?