MEMORY LANE: How Hartlepool celebrated VE Day

PEACE AT LAST: A VE Day party in Everett Street. Photo: Hartlepool Arts and Museums Service.
PEACE AT LAST: A VE Day party in Everett Street. Photo: Hartlepool Arts and Museums Service.

THE bombings and bloodshed of World War Two were temporarily forgotten in Hartlepool on May 8, 1945 - when Germany surrendered.

Thousands of war-weary residents took to the streets to celebrate Victory in Europe Day, with parties held across the town.

VE DAY: Party fun in Sheriff Street in May 1945.

VE DAY: Party fun in Sheriff Street in May 1945.

“The Hartlepools suffered dozens of wartime air raids, including one on August 27, 1940, which killed three people,” said historian Bill Hawkins.

“Just two nights later, nine people died in another raid. So, when Victory in Europe was declared, townsfolk had much to celebrate.”

STREET SCENE: A VE Day party in Mozart Street.

STREET SCENE: A VE Day party in Mozart Street.

PARTY FUN: Youngsters celebrate VE Day in Grassmere Street.

PARTY FUN: Youngsters celebrate VE Day in Grassmere Street.

FORTIES FUN: VE Day party-time in Christopher Street.

FORTIES FUN: VE Day party-time in Christopher Street.