End of war celebration photo

Started by: ashtonman01 (189)

Just a note first that I'm not in the least bit interested in VE Day for reasons I don't have the energy to explain. However, I just want to know if anyone around that time remembers anyone setting out tables in their street and on fields. The reason I ask is because I have two old photos that were my grans that show a large group of people sat down at a long table outside, which I assume was taken in 1945 at the end of the second of world war.

These photos were taken just off York Rd in Ashton on the spare bit of grassland that has a fence around as you're heading towards Ashton Heath from the centre. In the background you can see the row of houses (not sure if they're terraced) which I believe are still standing. I scanned them in before my gran died a few years ago, but the originals are with my auntie as far as I'm aware. All I can think those people are sat at the those tables was for the end of the war.

Started: 11th May 2020 at 11:10

Posted by: RobinG (451)

I will make the effort to answer your question !!!. I seem to remember that shortly after VE Day, a party was held on the field that was next to the Golden Ball Pub that stood on Wigan Road opposite the junction with Soughers Lane, I think that this was organised by the local residents, my Grandparents lived in the row of houses below the pub, at No 524. We had games and races and a wonderful time. Tables were put out on the grass and a spread was laid, I don't remember what we ate, but it was sufficient for the times that we were living in. Rather interestingly, recently, when we celebrated the VE Day anniversary, one of my neighbours who have young children, decided to decorate the front of their house with flags and bunting, and I remembered that I still have a large Union Flag that my parents hung outside our house in Booths Brow Road 75 years ago, so I offered it to my neighbours, they were delighted, especially, given the history. Hope that all my friend on WW are keeping well, I will bring you up to date with my news shortly.

Replied: 13th Jun 2020 at 22:11

Posted by: tonker (21878) 

I'd be most surprised to find an area that didn't have some kind of festival/party in the street/garden/park etc., to celebrate the end of the war. In fact, back then, communities would have a street party to celebrate most things

Replied: 13th Jun 2020 at 23:05

Posted by: joey (7)

They had a bonfire at the end of thickness avenue,
Beech hill that night.
I was there

Replied: 25th Jun 2020 at 15:56
Last edited by joey: 6th Jul 2020 at 19:02:27

Posted by: tonker (21878) 

You was their what? Guy Fawkes?

Replied: 25th Jun 2020 at 17:35


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