THE date Tuesday, May 8 1945 was the day that brought a formal end to the war in Europe. Six years of misery and suffering had finally come to an end. These small children at Hipperholme joined the millions of others who could now let their hair down in celebration.
It would be another nine years before rationing would be completely over but the lives of everyone was going to change. Many of these children had known nothing else but blackouts and the wartime hardships.
In Brighouse there was a procession from the Town Hall on to Wellholme Park for a thanksgiving service and then a march passed outside the Ritz. The Mayor of Brighouse Alderman J V F Bottomley and Mrs Bottomley along with Colonel R. H. Goldthorpe, who was the senior military officer in the Borough, took the salute. As further celebration a light was erected to illuminate Sugden’s flour mill frontage and a huge bonfire was lit near Wakefield Road Clifton.
Returning to this week’s photograph which was taken at the back of the Hare and Hounds public house in Denholmegate Road where these children were just some of the local community to join in the street party.
With everyone chipping in to make things what a feast it must have been. Whilst all the adults were obviously glad that the war had finally come to an end, I have a feeling that perhaps the very young children would have been more excited they were all joining in a party.
All these young children will now be in their late 60s and 70s and whilst not having forgotten growing up in the war years I am sure they will remember that day when they had the biggest party ever.
Many families would also be reflecting on the loved ones who did not return from the conflict. Loved ones who would never be forgotten and will always be in the hearts and minds of their families. But as another Armistice Day slips by it is now 66 years since the war ended, and of course we will all remember those who did not come home.