VE day (Victory over Europe) was a day in my life impossible ever to forget. It had been six long years since war was declared on September 1, 1939. I was 13, and I didn’t understand the devastating events which were to unfold over the next six years of my life.
I, now 19, was in London and had spent the previous night in a disused underground — one shilling and sixpence for a bed and two blankets!
VE day was a day to celebrate like no other, Londoners went wild with joy, mixed with deep feelings of sadness — remembering the terrible losses so many had suffered, lives so changed they would never be the same again.