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Imperial War Museums‘s Today’s Memory

Imperial War Museums‘s Today’s Memory

Imperial War Museums‘s Today’s Memory


Victory in Europe Day

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#OnThisDay 1945: Victory in Europe (VE) Day – war in Europe ends. Pictured here are British girls dancing in the street with American soldiers during the VE Day celebrations in London on 8 May 1945. Celebrations on VE Day lasted throughout the day and well into the night. The largest crowds in Britain were in the capital, but people all around the country took part in the parties, singing and dancing. Many bonfires and fireworks were lit to mark the occasion. An estimated 50,000 people were crowded around Piccadilly Circus by midnight. Music was provided by gramophones, accordions and barrel organs, and revellers sang and danced to the popular tunes of the day. Licensing hours were extended so that people could toast the end of the war with a drink (or two), and dance halls stayed open until midnight.

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