Today is the 70th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. Above is the front page of the Enfield Gazette for the 11th May 1945. On VE day a crowd had gathered in the market place in Enfield to hear Churchill’s VE Day broadcast. Afterwards the bells of St Andrews Church were rung in celebration. Below is the message from the Chairman of Enfield District Council
The Gazette reported that the overwhelming mood of the people of Enfield was one of relief. In Green Dragon Lane someone hung a life like dummy of Hitler from one of the buildings. The highest flag in the area was hung from the crane in Halsey’s timber yard in Baker Street. There were celebrations in Durants park with dancing on the tennis courts. There were street parties across the three districts. Although the mood was one of celebration for many families it was still a very anxious time. Servicemen and women were still been killed in the Far East. In the same edition of the newspaper that reported the end of the war in Europe there was a report of a local man being killed in Italy.