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Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary since Victory in Europe Day back in 1945. After nearly six long years of conflict in Europe, Britain celebrated the end of World War II with street parties filled with dancing, music, food and fun!

We have been doing a lot to support our tenants during this crisis and have reached out to around 3,600 vulnerable customers to check they have everything they need to stay healthy and happy at home. Many of our tenants are elderly and lived in Wolverhampton in 1945 on the day the war ended. While ringing our customers and checking they’re well, we also took the opportunity to ask them about their memories of VE Day. We’ve enjoyed listening to their stories and would like to share a few with you:  

Margaret was born in 1936 and said:

I was nine years old and lived in Dunstall Road at the time of the VE Day celebrations. There were bonfires and fireworks in the streets together with a street party for all the local families. There were tables in the street with lots of food. I remember the jelly, fish paste and corned beef sandwiches and we all played games. I’m not sure how our parents afforded all the food looking back as it was rationed. But I remember enjoying it all the same. I think we must have stored food and the local shop secretly provided tinned fruit to help us celebrate.

Gillian was born in 1935 and said:

I was 10 years old at the time living on the Tettenhall Road. I remember a street party and entertainment in West Park under marquees that my Mum took me to. I didn’t know it at the time, but my future husband was also in the park celebrating the end of the war. I remember that my Dad was a Major in the Army and returned a year later from the prisoner of war camps. He had a year at home to recover and then got sent to Egypt.

A few years later, as I had relatives in London, I travelled down and attended the ‘Film Star Garden Party’ where I met Vera Lynn and got an autograph. She sung the song ‘We’ll Meet Again` and I have always remembered my trip with great fondness.

Vera was born in 1928 and said:

I was 17 on VE Day and we celebrated in Queens Square with friends and my Mum. I remember many people dancing the night away in the square with the servicemen from Cosford. The atmosphere was great, everyone was happy and danced the night away!

Staff from WH have been chatting to their elderly relatives and shared their family stories from VE Day.

Julie Haydon, Assistant Director – Corporate Services said:

My wonderful Mom used to tell us some amazing stories about how they celebrated VE Day and the food they ate - dripping sandwiches, pork faggots with onion gravy, corned beef hash and jam roly poly. Not sure about the dripping sandwiches, but I do still enjoy corned beef hash. One of my favourites!

Join us as a community this VE Day as we all celebrate from the comfort of our own homes but in unity as we follow the same timeline of events. Check out the timeline below and share your images and videos from the day with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels. #VEday75

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