Street party celebrating Europe’s victory

VE Day or maybe VJ Day 1945 in Bent Lane, Leyland.
 Marion Gibson nee Duffy is to the right and one down from the man smoking a cigarette on the back row.
VE Day or maybe VJ Day 1945 in Bent Lane, Leyland. Marion Gibson nee Duffy is to the right and one down from the man smoking a cigarette on the back row.

There was a mass celebration in one Leyland Street to mark the British troops’ victory in the Second World War.

Reader Christopher Gibson posted this photograph on Leyland Memories Facebook group.

He said: “This picture was in with mum’s photos.

“I found it ages ago and just decided to put it up on this site.

“It is either VE Day or maybe VJ Day, in 1945 in Bent Lane. My mum Marion Gibson – nee Duffy – is to the right and one down from the man smoking a cigarette on the back row.”

The photograph sparked interest as people recognised family members.

Jack Nicholas – wearing a suit – is pictured in the middle, to the left of the girl with a mandolin. Irene Foster is stood behind him.

Olga Calvert – now Kenyon – is located behind her sister Beryl who is in the middle, third to the left of the girl with the musical instrument.

Pat Sheridan posted: “It was taken on Young Avenue. I’m at the left, second row, scratching my head. Many old friends here. Olga is on it and her mum and dad. “Happy memories of people loved and now many lost.”

June McGuire posted: “I remember the name Marion Duffy. She was a friend of my sister Beryl Baron who is probably there somewhere. Another friend of Beryl’s was Olga Calvert, the cousin of Eddie.”

Lorraine Daber wrote: “My mum’s family lived on Ryden Avenue and may be pictured.

“They were called Hoole – Iris, Brian, Bill. My dad Bill was also an air raid warden.”

Victory in Europe Day was the public holiday celebrated on May 8 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of the Second World War of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces.

Victory over Japan Day was when the Empire of Japan surrendered. The term has been applied to when the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – August 15, 1945, and to September 2, 1945, with the official signing.