Those were the days

Victory in Europe Day celebrations in Buttermere Road, Sheffield
Victory in Europe Day celebrations in Buttermere Road, Sheffield
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May 1945: The flags come out for the greatest party ever held across the nation

Seventy years ago the whole nation was celebrating. Reports of the surrender of German forces that signalled the end of the Second World War in Europe caused an outpouring of joy and relief which sent Sheffielders out on to the streets for an impromptu party the night before a national holiday, VE Day, was declared on May 8, 1945, when Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the official announcement of the Allied victory.

Over the following days and weeks communities organised their own celebrations with the ringing of church bells, parades, street parties and the lighting of bonfires featuring effigies of Adolf Hitler.

Long ladders were brought out to hang up flags and streamers as in this picture of bunting proudly adorning Buttermere Road, Woodseats,