VE (Victory in Europe) Day – 8th May 1945

The BBC interrupts its scheduled programming with a news flash

The BBC broadcast to the nation 7 pm on the 7th of May of news of the unconditional surrender. The following day, the 8th of May 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill officially declared war was over with Germany in a radio broadcast (see it as the nation saw it on the YouTube Link Below).

They declared the 8th of May a national Holiday, lifting some restrictions on rationed food. Commemorative mugs quickly produced with food outlets offering a VE day menu. Those who experienced this day in the United Kingdom held the memory for the rest of their lives, 6 years of war and conflict in Europe was over. World War 2 did not officially end until the Japanese surrender, but the War in Europe was at an end. They estimated 50,000 people filled Piccadilly circus. 

Churchill address to the Nation 3 pm

‘We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead.’ He knew that the war was not over: Japan still had to be defeated. 



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