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VE Day Celebrations, Stratford
Jubilant crowds gather to celebrate VE Day and the end of the war in Europe. Banners are raised above bomb damaged streets and buildings.
Amateur film 1945 2 mins Silent
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Whilst the buildings all around show signs of bomb damage, the blitz spirit shines through with these vignettes of people celebrating the end of the War in Europe. A joker entertains a crowd awaiting a parade, flags and bunting adorn the streets, one poignant banner welcomes Charlie home and a proud housewife polishes her windows ready for the celebrations. We end with a street party with plenty of food for all, whilst women are dancing in costumes from around the world.
This film is from the collection of Redbridge Museum, Local Studies and Archives.
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