May 8, 1945

Streamers and flags are the order of the day as 50 jubilant children sit down to an open-air party to celebrate VE Day in Manchester.

Gatherings took place all over the city as people marked the Allied victory in Europe at the end of the Second World War. There was dancing in Piccadilly and singing in Salford as news came over the wireless that Germany had surrendered.

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day will be far more muted this year.

May 8, 1945:

More smiling children enjoy a VE Day party at Lambert Square in Coxlodge, Newcastle.

Like Liverpool and Manchester, the city broke out in celebration as Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his historic broadcast at 3.00pm. He said victory belonged to the great British nation as a whole.

‘The lights went out and the bombs came down. But every man, woman and child in the country had no thought of quitting the struggle,’ said Britain’s leader.

World War Two – Second World War – VE Day celebrations and ‘Victory Tea’ at Lambert Square, Coxlodge, Newcastle.
10th May, 1945.

May 13, 1938:

A rare photo portrait of Sylvia Pankhurst, the Manchester-born campaigner for the suffragette movement and an activist in the cause of anti-fascism.

She spent much of her later life campaigning against anti-colonialism, in particular the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. She eventually moved to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in 1956.

Sylvia Pankhurst features prominently in the iNostalgia book First in the Fight, which tells the story of 20 inspirational women who helped shape Manchester.