The War Ends- V E Day and V J Day 1945

V E Day 8th May 1945

V E Day Tuesday 8th May coincided with the Market Rasen May Fair. The Market Place was filled with roundabouts, swing boats and amusement booths, which, decorated with dozens of Union Jacks, American and Soviet flags added greatly to the town’s festive air.

Reports of a Huge bonfire crowned with an effigy representing expiring Nazidom at De Aston school

Gorse bush fire around town, an extra hour in the pubs…There was not enough beer as the Brewery deliveries came on Thursday.

It was reported that everyone had a great time and the singing of wartime songs

Mr EW Chapman organised at short notice a VE dance in the Corn Exchange, raising £20 for Welcome Home Fund. A string of VE Day street parties were arranged. Waterloo street…55 children in the Old Boys Club room. Mr Peatfield, the few absent children due to whooping cough had their tea sent to their homes.

Serpentine street…60 children party in Mr Rowett’s garage. Oxford street…Mrs Mainprize gave 2/6 to each child

veday1945 prospect place

The Prospect Place party, 40 children took part in the ‘Victory in Europe’ celebrations

Prospect place party 2-16

The Market Rasen Welcome Home Fund had been set up to help returning service men and women. It was funded by subscriptions (MR Mail) listed names of their contributions in the paper weekly and fund-raising such as below-

Grand Victory Ball in aid of the Market Rasen Welcome Home Fund to be held on 21st May 1945 in The Corn Exchange, dancing until 1am, R.A.F Dance Band

Market Rasen Welcome Home Fund 1st June 1945. A Garden VE fête at Clare Lodge. Over 200 people attended the fete and raised £852 17s 4d. The vicar Gardner-Brown won a pig in the bowling competition which he gave back to be sold for funds.

Victory church services were held on VE Day and on Sunday 13 th May

V-Day Babies Both Boys

Two Market Rasen babies both boys were born on VE-Day. The mothers are Mrs Dean of 5 Chapel Street and Mrs Woodthorpe of Wold View. Mothers and sons are said to progressing in true V-Day style. The names of the victory babies will be Victor Alan Woodthorpe and Richard David Dean.

VJ Day 15th August

WW2 King George 25-2-16

King George V1, Father of our present Queen Elizabeth ll.

It was reported in August 18th MR Mail that there was a big crowd in the Market Place waiting to hear the King’s Speech last Wednesday, fireworks, bell ringing and dancing in the Corn Exchange.

30 children living in Kilnwell Road and the streets adjoining were invited to a VJ Day party which was given by Mr and Mrs GR Spencer at Searle Lodge. The children were entertained to supper and games and a display of fireworks.
The Mayor WC Casterton hoped to arrange a meeting to decided on what form the final peace celebrations should take.

20th September has been fixed as the third VE day celebration and a town holiday
15th September MR Mail reported “Market Rasen was not interested”
Only 9/2000 attended meeting called by Councillor Casterton…… consider what steps should be taken in the town to celebrate the final end of hostilities.

However on 20th September, The shops closed, children had the day off school, troops from neighbouring camps were released from their duties to join the the Town’s Public Holiday.

20th Sept…Market Rasen’s VE 2 day and public holiday.

Thanksgiving service in Market Place

Grand soccer match between the Royal Fusiliers v Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.The Royal Fusiliers won 3-1

Fancy dress parade
General parade
Children sports
Highland dancing
Relay race
Display by girls of Cleethorpes health culture club
Military Band
Tug of War
Crowning of Pin-up Girl -winner Miss Penny Stephenson from Grimsby
Dancing at Corn Exchange
Amusements in Market Place
Running buffet tea in Liberal Club
Life in a small English Town carried on!

The MR Mail reported on a wide arrange topics over the next few months

New houses, Elections, Cinema listings, Strayed cats, Knitting parties, Whist drives, Auctions, markets, ID cards and Ration books

On the 1st September 1945 a list was printed in the Market Rasen Mail –

300 Men and 29 Women who are serving, killed and died while serving, POW, missing and discharged. A total of 350 ( this is not a complete list)

27 men were killed or died on active duty, and they are remembered on the many memorials in the town.

Celebrations in the village reported by Market Rasen Mail – Nettleton, Binbrook and Claxby

The Welcome Home Fund Pin Up Girl Contest, Grand Dance, and Crooning Competition events for September. 

A Grand Concert in aid of Earl Haig’s Poppy Fund was held on Sunday 11th November 1945 at 7.45pm. At 3pm there had been an United Service of Remembrance, Thanksgiving and Prayer at St Thomas.

“….They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them….”