Pictures: Barking and Dagenham celebrates VE Day 70 years on

PUBLISHED: 15:29 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:29 11 May 2015

Coral Knockton and John King recreate the famous kiss of the Second World War

Coral Knockton and John King recreate the famous kiss of the Second World War


Street parties, dancing and smooching with soldiers were just some of the ways people chose to commemorate VE Day.

But these celebrations are not from 1945 – instead they happened across the borough on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the day of victory in Europe.

About 100 pupils from Dorothy Barley Junior School in Dagenham attended its street party, where they enjoyed dancing, music and wartime snacks.

“Pupils made food which followed war recipes so there were vinegar cakes and biscuits as icing sugar wasn’t allowed,” admin assistant Holly White said.

Miss Natalie’s Dance School hosted a VE Day Fun Day on Saturday at Hatfield Community Hall in Dagenham.

About 200 guests, some dressed in 1940s clothes, enjoyed pony rides, dancing and war memorabillia, including a German helmet.

Nicola Papworth, who organised the fun day, said: “It was brilliant.The kids loved it and were dancing and waving flags.”

The event raised more than £260 for the dance school.

Manor Active Leisure Club, an over 55s Dagenham club, hosted a party for its 54 members on Friday.

Guests were treated to fish and chips and ice cream and listened to war tunes including Glenn Miller, with guests sharing their memories of VE Day.

The council also arranged a two minute silence at the Job Drain VC statue in Barking to commorate the occasion.

The ceremony was attended by the mayor, council leader, veterans and residents.

“A two minute silence started at 3.00pm, marking the moment Winston Churchill broadcast his historic speech formally announcing the end of the war,” Geoff Smith, from the council’s communication’s team, said.

Veteran John King and resident Coral Knockton even recreated the most famous kiss of the Second World War at Friday’s event.

And Mary Brogan, of Orchard Road, Dagenham, marked the day by sharing a family photo from VE Day 1945.

“My family had a garden party to celebrate the end of the war and they took a photo,” she said.

“But I’m not in it – I decided to go out with my boyfriend instead. There was lots of laughing and dancing with sailors.”

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