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.
“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.”