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Unconditional Surrender

by Germany

World War 2 ended with the unconditional surrender of the Axis powers. On 8 May 1945, the Allies accepted Germany's surrender, about a week after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide. VE Day – Victory in Europe celebrates the end of the Second World War on 8 May 1945.

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A national holiday

Various events were organised to mark the occasion, including parades, thanksgiving services and street parties. Communities came together to share the moment. London’s St Paul’s Cathedral held ten consecutive services giving thanks for peace, each one attended by thousands of people.

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Winston Churchill

The Man of the Hour

At 3pm on VE Day, Churchill made a national radio broadcast. In it, he announced the welcome news that the war had ended in Europe – but he included a note of caution, saying: ‘We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead.’ He knew that the war was not over: Japan still had to be defeated.

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Photos of the Day: >

link to photos of street parties in Tupton

Winston Churchill - speech on 8 May 1945 

George Vi speech on 8 May 1945 


Newspapers of the Day

Thanks to Bob Masey

Derbyshire Times Report

VE Day Street Party in Clay Cross

VE Day Street Party in Clay Cross

VE Day Street Party in Clay Cross

Thanks to Kathleen Hawkins

VE Day with the Lowe family 

Party to celebrate V.E.Day 

Hepthorne Lane

 Alice Buchannan in the middle with the Fox Fur round her neck.

Alice’s sister Marian Olga Rawlins (known as Peggy) is looking over her shoulder.

Edna Holme is on the right.

Thanks to  April Lowe


Tupton Walkabout


WW2 Memories


Thanks to the IWM

Visitors from 1 January 2021