Finally victory came with the fall of Germany and the nation celebrated. The town took on a colourful garb, bedecked in bunting and banners. Fireworks, dances and kisses on the Cornhill went on well beyond midnight. Flags hung from every window, the Cornhill dome was coloured red, white and blue. The celebrations continued for two solid days and climaxed with a bonfire on the Fairfield. The black outs were over, the church bells rang, ships hooters sounded in the dock and trains sounded their whistles. The carnival committee announced that they were back in businesses. Within months, victory in the Far East was complete and boys began to return home.
Text Copyright © 2008 Roger Evans