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Haswell Victory Celebrations, 1945

Part of an online exhibition from Durham County Record Office commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe on 8 May 1945

 
Soldiers from B Company, 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in Kangaroo armoured carrier, Germany, late March 1945 (D/DLI Acc: 10050)

After the impromptu bonfires and street parties celebrating VE Day, some towns and villages in County Durham wanted to do more.

In Haswell, a public meeting, chaired by Councillor Jack Dormand (later MP for Easington) met on 11 June 1945 to discuss arrangements for a series of summer celebrations. 

Poster from minute book, Haswell Parish Council VE Celebrations Committee, 11 June – 8 October 1945 (CP/Has 118)
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Programme, Haswell County Secondary Modern School’s Victory Field Day, 23 July 1945 (CP/Has 119)
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Financed with grants totalling £78 from Easington Rural District Council and Haswell Parish Council, the 'VE Celebrations Committee' bought prizes for Haswell County School's 'Victory Field Day'; provided special teas with cakes for children and 'Aged Persons'; and organised a dance for 'Young Persons' with the 'Albany Dance Band'.

Poster from minute book, Haswell Parish Council, VE Celebrations Committee, 11 June - 8 October 1945 (CP/Has 118).

Programme, Haswell County Secondary Modern School's Victory Field Day, 23 July 1945 (CP/Has 119).

Another 'VE' committee, with £113 in grants to spend, organised similar events in South Hetton. There the local Co-op provided £34 of cakes and refreshments for the special teas. The 'Fencehouses Syncopators Band' provided the music and 150 'Aged Persons' were each given two shillings (20p).

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