VE Day in Cricklade


From Cricklade – and From Near and Far

This new VE Day & VJ Day booklet now on sale is a souvenir collection to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of WW2. The  memories and archive newspaper accounts it includes were collected during the lockdown restrictions in May and June when it became clear that the planned public events could no longer take place. Instead, it describes the events of May 8th and August 15th 1945 from a personal perspective. Cricklade sets the scene, and is followed by the accounts of local people who remember their lives in 1945 and how they celebrated these two events from wherever they were living at that time. Now in their eighties and nineties, all 33 contributors were then either children or young adults, but their stories from local towns and villages as well as from all corners of the country add up to a fascinating read.

The A4 booklet with its bright and patriotic cover is interspersed with pictures, cartoons and advertisements taken from a copy of The Daily Sketch newspaper published in London on VE Day itself. The paper describes the events that took place in London as they unfolded, including speeches by King George VI and Winston Churchill. Local reports are taken from The Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard.

The booklets are £3.00 each from a one off limited edition of only 200 copies. Please contact Marion Parsons on 01793 750542 or email: to find out how to get your copy. Due to Covid-19 restrictions local home delivery / collection can be arranged or the book can be posted to you if required. After production costs, proceeds will be donated to Cricklade Open Door and the Cricklade Branch of The Royal British Legion, both of which are currently greatly missed by the older generation during current restrictions.