Our bunting is back out in the World War Zoo Gardens wartime allotment garden at Newquay Zoo to remember and mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 1945.
Remembering VE day May 8 1945 – many events are planned around Britain and the world to mark this 70th anniversary on Friday 8th May 2015, as the election news settles. The Gov.uk lists several VE Day 2015 projects. BBC Radio Cornwall have also been collecting and featuring local memories of VE Day events in 1945.
Here is a local Victory Day programme (1946) from our World War Zoo Gardens collections at Newquay Zoo:
Some interesting and unusual sports – Tip the Bucket, Slow Cycle race – amongst the familiar egg and spoon and sack races to celebrate Victory Day programme for the Marazion Victory parade in 1946.
Note the last phrase “The public are asked to decorate their houses with Flags and Bunting for the occasion”.
Many local people were interested to see this original Victory parade programme near its origin at the Trengwainton National Trust Gardens 1940s event in June 2014. A copy has now been passed on to the local Marazion school and museum
We will be back at Trengwainton with part of our wartime collection at its next Sunday June 14th 2015 event – check the Trengwainton Gardens website for details. They had a fantastic display at their own wartime allotment, including this fetching V for Victory 1940s garden poster:
After VE day instead of relaxing in the wartime garden and planting flowers, there was a switch from “Dig For Victory” to “Dig on For Plenty“, realising we had much of Europe to feed.
You can see more of Trengwainton’s wartime ‘victory’ garden and our part in their Victory Day 2014 events here:
However for my family and the nation there was still VJ Day to work towards, an a anxious and tired wait for the end of the war against Japan, which finally happened in August 1945.
This was covered in our zoo keeper and botanic garden staff FEPOW and Burma Star blogpost in January 2015: https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/remembering-zookeeper-and-gardener-far-east-pows-70-years-on-2015/
Remembering VE Day 1945 …
Mark Norris, World War Zoo gardens Project, Newquay Zoo.