When it was announced that WWII had ended, it triggered a release of joy and relief not seen in the UK for decades. After almost six years of titanic struggle, where every town and village in the British Isles was touched, the British people let rip.
This joyous day is the focus of this new one-off documentary, which uncovers five touching real-life stories; stories of new beginnings and love blossoming from the ashes of a devastating war.
Edna Seymour didn’t just celebrate the liberation from war on VE Day, it was also the day she married her sweetheart, Pat. In among all the celebrations, there was no time or a white dress as the ceremony was moved forward to make room for a special VE Day service, and the reception merged into the parties happening on the streets.
Tommy Mcsorley was just 14-years-old when the war ended. VE Day became a day he would never forget for numerous reasons – he spent the say with Norah, an older girl, who he shared his first romantic encounter with. In among all the street parties and the crowds he lost her, and never saw her again.
Also in among those celebrations was Doris Myczko, who went into labour and gave birth to her first child during Winston Churchill’s rousing speech, while Tony Booth was given surprise leave from fighting in Germany, and found himself reunited with his wife Gwen on the big day. He also met his son Barry for the first time. But their reunion turned into a bittersweet experience – they felt like strangers, unsure of where the future would take them.
Like most women, Marguerite Patten was apart from her husband on VE Day. She spent the day at Buckingham Palace with her sister and kissed more people that day than ever before. Her story is typical of so many Britons on one of the greatest days of the country’s recent history, when thousands, delirious with relief and happiness, found love among the wreckage of war.