Ipswich street parties 64 years ago

WITH all the economic gloom in the air we are all watching for signs of a brighter future.

David Kindred

WITH all the economic gloom in the air we are all watching for signs of a brighter future. Sixty four years ago everybody was looking forward to a better future as they celebrated the end of the Second World War.

I am sure what we now think of as a gloomy situation does not compare with what people suffered in the war years. To celebrate the return of peace the residents of almost every road organised a street party to celebrate.

First in May 1945 it was time to celebrate the end of the war in Europe. Mrs Marie Jacobs (nee Wright) of Bucklesham Road, Kirton, has sent me two photographs of parties in Alexandra Road, Ipswich.

The one on VE day is of those who took part in a fancy dress competition while the Victory in Japan party in September 1945 has a different generation gathered for a group photograph. Were you at either of the parties? Write with your memories to Kindred Spirits at the Evening Star.