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V.E. Night at Blackpool

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31 August 2005

This story was submitted to the People’s War website by Sue Sedgwick from and on behalf of Winnie Lamb and has been added to the website with her permission. Mrs Lamb fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

It was V.E. night and I was 19 years old. There were a lot of very young airmen in Blackpool. We lit a large bonfire on the south shore sands. I think the wood came from the pier. Donald Pearce was there and he was singing round the bonfire all night. I especially remember “ By a Babbling Brook” but he sang all the popular songs of the day.
When that was finished everyone made a crocodile line and did the Hokey Cokey to the north pier. Some of the airmen had piano accordions and concertinas and played for us. By the way I did behave myself that night!

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