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- 23 May 2005
This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Jackie Jude of Chelmsford Library on behalf of Gwen Blott and has been added to the site with her permission.
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VE Day, 1945
The radio gave out the news:"War's Over!"
We've victory in Europe. peace at last!
The Government announced a National Holiday
To celebrate that war in Europe's past!
Our students hostel buzzed with great excitement,
My fellow students rushed to Leicester Square
Or Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace,
Westminster Bridge, Embankment; funtime shared!
I longed to travel home, rejoin my parents,
But feared I'd not complete the journey back
Through crowded London Underground, be sharing
Congested carriages, each one jam-packed!
Decided to catch up with College studies.
Heard dance music from Clapham Common rise
Up to my study-bedroom. Dropped all prudence
And joined an Army Band on Common espied.
We danced with men in uniform, al fresco,
Quickstep, waltz, foxtrot played by military Band.
Great War was over. Peace now reigned in Europe.
Enjoyed our VE Holiday unplanned.
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