Celebrating the end of the Second World War
THANKS to Ron Anstis, currently exiled in Bristol, for this VJ Day – September 8, 1945 – snap from Hanover Road in Laira.
Ron says he was 11 years old on Victory in Europe Day, and living in Hanover Road.
He can still recall a number, but by no means all, of the names of his friends and neighbours from all those years ago.
Mr Hobbs, at the far end of the table, was the local ARP (Air raid Precautions) warden, his wife to the right of the bespectacled lady on the left.
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There's also Mrs Cook, far left and the rounded figure of Mrs Mays third from the left, Mrs Weight (Mabs) and Mrs Lowman.
But it's the other children Ron remembers the best.
George Pitcher, Gerald Cook and John Weight (later involved with Argyle and the Pussy Cat Club) on the left hand side of the table and Margaret Weight, Vera and Iris Eden, Brian Langdon and Ron himself on the right.
Further study by Ron elicited yet more names: Jack Eden, Mary and Jean Stott (daughters of Alderman Fred Stott), Ruth Stevens, Ann and David Crocker, and Roy and Ann Pickford.