Saturday, 14 November 2009


Rhyl promenadeIn Europe the Second World War came to an end in 1945; Victory in Europe (VE) Day was in May. Japan surrendered on 15th August and this is usually thought of as Victory in Japan (VJ) Day.

The photo above was taken on VJ Day on Rhyl promenade. Local press reports say that celebrations took place on the following day, Thursday 16th, to coincide with other events already arranged. A total of 18 residents' street parties were reported and holidaymakers happily joined in. The clouds of war had lifted at last.

Ladies on the prom are (left to right); Mair Hope Griffiths, Dorothy Beech, Joan Roberts and Enid Roberts; Joan and Enid were sisters. The picture is from Rhyl History Club Community Archive.