VE Day 75 PH - VE Day 75 in Lockdown. Park Rd, Hampton Wick. May 7th
,The amazing thing about VE Day 75 is that many of the memories being shared on the radio and tv and in the papers are the accounts of old folks who were children when the war ended. My parents were 9 and 11 in 1945 - about the same age as many of you are now - and had lived through air raids and blackouts and rationing for 5 years. Mum was evacuated from Liverpool to Wales in the Battle of Britain and lived on a farm with her younger sister, and my dad remembers the doodlebug rockets coming over his home in Brighton, and the nervous wait hoping that the engine noise wouldn't stop. They both remember the VE day parties as Britain celebrated at last
In a normal year we'd be with them today but we'll catch up on Zoom and listen to their stories. I think the experience of the war gave them a strength that has stayed with them throughout their lives. Locked down in Surrey for nearly 2 months now and they are still the happiest and most positive people in the world.
In a normal year you might have gone to a barbecue or street party. You'd have been with friends and maybe your grandparents and wider family. Not possible today of course but whatever you are doing please enjoy the day of no school, and take a few snaps to record it.
We can all eat Cake anyway !! I made the one on the left for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee