VE Day Activities & Celebrations

On May 8th 1945 the Allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s Reich, formally recognising the end of the Second World War in Europe – this day became known as VE (Victory in Europe) Day.

It was on this date that great celebrations took place across Europe and North America: in London over a million people celebrated. Crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the Palace to cheering crowds.

Whilst we could not celebrate together due to the current situation we all find ourselves in, there were many celebrations held in isolation.  My Wyatt shared an activity pack in advance of VE day and it has been great to have so many images of the Elstree community showing their VE day spirit!  

Many of you have also shared stories of VE day which have been passed on through generations.   Jamie (Y7) said  

“On VE day, my Granny read me letters that her dad had written on VE day to her mum.   He was in Burma so couldn’t celebrate VE Day but did celebrate Empire Day.   He spent months in the jungle clearing it to make roads and airstrips.  For all the time he was there he was being shot at.  He wrote letters when he got back for rest periods and you could tell that he had been very frightened and was really exhausted.”

It was also wonderful to hear from an old boy, Brian Harrild who wrote:

“My news is not of today but of 8th May 1945.  I was a nine year old pupil at Elstree.  Lessons were cancelled.  Our strict form teacher, Miss Bell, smiled benignly as she helped us to make and colour flags.  In the evening there was a bonfire just through the gates to the playing fields.  I had never seen a bonfire before and did not know quite what to expect.  The School did us proud.”