Young and old celebrate VE Day anniversary in Hartlepool

VE Day celebration at West VIew Primary School in Hartlepool
VE Day celebration at West VIew Primary School in Hartlepool

HARTLEPOOL turned back the clock 70 years to join in with the VE Day anniversary celebrations.

From a care home to a primary school, the town got into the spirit of the war years when it marked the anniversary with everything from songs from the era to 1940-s-style food.

staff and residents of Birchwood Court, Easington, celebrate VE Day 70th anniversary

staff and residents of Birchwood Court, Easington, celebrate VE Day 70th anniversary

West View Primary School pupils dressed in red, white and blue and released 400 balloons.

Children at the Hartlepool school also studied the Second World War in their history lessons and learned songs from the era before performing them on the school field.

And Key Stage 2 pupils re-enacted Winston Churchill’s famous speeches.

At Charlotte Grange Care Home, staff came into work in 1940s-style dress, while the home also showed movies about memories from VE Day.

VE Day celebration at West VIew Primary School in Hartlepool

VE Day celebration at West VIew Primary School in Hartlepool

The home also enjoyed a typical British buffet of fish and chips and battered spam.

Staff and residents of Birchwood Court, Easington, also joined in the celebrations.

Elsewhere in town, the day’s activities also included a screening of a 50-minute Pathe News film of the 1945 VE Day celebrations, followed by live music and dancing at the Town Hall Theatre.

And at the war memorial in Victory Square, a civic ceremony included a bugle fanfare, wreath-laying, a tribute read by a Second World War veteran and the lighting of a commemorative beacon.

VE Day celebration at Charlotte Grange Care home in Hartlepool

VE Day celebration at Charlotte Grange Care home in Hartlepool