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Victory Day Scenes

It’s all over, for Britain at least – the dreaded telegrams, the bombings, the blackouts - and Cardiffians celebrate the end of the war with tea and cake, fancy dress and bonfires.

Amateur film 1945 14 mins Silent

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Amongst the cakes and sausage rolls of Cosmeston Street, Cardiff, the running races, the fancy dress and the winning of two chamber pots, lurks an effigy of Hitler, tied to a lamp post, presumably for burning on the bonfires that have been prepared with gusto for the evening. There is also a fancy-dress Hitler wearing a sign reading ‘World’s Worst Dead or Alive?’. Shot by Chris Jenkins, a stalwart of the Cardiff Ciné Society and proprietor of a hair salon in Charles Street.