OT VE Day Remembered
The various commemorations planned to mark the end of the War in Europe have been cancelled; street parties, concerts, church services, speeches now taking place 'on line' or not at all.
Do any RP'ers remember VE (or VJ) day? Did your parents/grandparents ever talk about this time to you? Was there dancing in the streets? Were they at Time Square or Trafalgar Square high-jinks?
At only a few months old I obviously remember nothing about it but know my father, wounded in the North Africa campaign, having gone out as A1 and returned C3 fitness . . . was recuperating at the huge army camp in Catterick Yorkshire. He was soon out in Northern Germany with the Army of Occupation.
I asked my Mother how she 'celebrated' but she claimed to be encumbered by Baby Vee and her aging and 'useless' F-in-Law and held-back by domesticity which she always resented.
All my male relatives were in the Army/Air Force/Navy and my only Uncle was a POW under the Japanese in the Philippines.
DH has photos of him in a pram at a street party, but cannot remember it! His Aunt had joined the women's Air Force (WAAF) and as she was musical was in their military band and played at the march-past in Berlin where they were spat on by the Germans.
Any memories, even second-hand that you are able to share?