Party to mark end of war

Party on Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, to celebrate the end of the Second World War.
Party on Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, to celebrate the end of the Second World War.
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OUR recent picture of a Worksop street party to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe sparked memories for Jack Tongue.

Ninety-year-old Mr Tongue, of Jardine, Worksop, had this lovely photo to share, which shows a similar party held in Newcastle Avenue on VE Day on 8th May 1945.

It shows his late wife Jean and young son Paul with other mums and children enjoying a happy day to celebrate Victory in Europe.

Mr Tongue, who was widowed four years ago, said: “We lived on Canal Road at that time and the party was for everyone in the vicinity.”

“I was still overseas serving with the RAF. I didn’t get demobbed until nearly a year later because they did it in alphabetical order and, being a T, I had to wait my turn.”

Back in Civvy Street, Mr Tongue went back to his job as manager of Wakefield furnishing store on Ryton Street before moving to Eyres, at the top of Bridge Street.

Street parties were held all over the country to celebrate VE Day.

There were more celebrations on 15th August 1945 when the war with Japan ended on VJ Day.

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