Party to celebrate end of war

Street party in Aldred Street, Worksop, to celebrate the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Street party in Aldred Street, Worksop, to celebrate the end of the Second World War in 1945.

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OUR New Year’s Eve photo of Creswell station brought back memories for George Hulme, of South Anston, who emailed to say it showed the waiting room of the LMS railway property in the village.

He said: “I have a vivid recollection of this as I travelled on this line daily from Clowne to Shirebrook Carter Lane school in the 1943-1944 period.”

“This station joined the two lines, one from the Chesterfield area and the other from Whitwell. On the return journey after school the Clowne kids were left at Creswell until the same train came back from Whitwell, then we rejoined it back to Clowne. We spent the half hour or so playing football (18 a side) in the station yard.”

Other wartime memories could be sparked by this week’s picture of a party in Aldred Street, Worksop, to celebrate Victory in Europe Day.

Hostilities ended at one minute past midnight on Tuesday 8th May and a public holiday was declared, extending into 9th May.

Streets burst miraculously into colour with flags and bunting, and rations were pooled to provide food for the parties.

Some streets even somehow managed to rustle up fancy dress for their children, despite the scarcity of materials.

The defeat of Japan in August 1945 brought with it another two days of celebrations and street parties.