A joyous day impossible to forget

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Wrens and their sailor pals. Sarah Pennington is in the front row on the right.
Wrens and their sailor pals. Sarah Pennington is in the front row on the right.

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.

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