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The 1945 Ash Street Victory Party

The 1945 Ash Street Victory Party

Posted on 29 March 2012 | Image, Narrative
The 1945 Ash Street Victory Party

Norman Rowley recalls his experience from the Ash Street Victory Party of May 1945. “Frantic arrangements took place in our street for the Victory Party in 1945. Tables were brought out from every house to place in a long line down the centre of the street with tablecloths of many colours. The ladies had been busy cooking and precious food coupons used at the corner shop to purchase extra ingredients.

Fathers hung bunting across the street and Union Jack flags fluttered from many windows. Children were dressed up in many varied and colourful costumes for the occasion with everybody working together to make it a glorious day. Races were organised for both children and adults after the meal was eaten and tables pushed to the side. Many other streets beside us shared a festive day with laughter and fun replacing fear, tension and stress which had been evident for so long.

A book compiled by Van Wilson and called York Voices was published in 1999 with recollections from local people. The Ash Street Victory Party was on Page 100 of the volume showing the author of this article second from the right in the front row.”