Youth and Veterans Celebrate VE Day with A 1945 Street-Themed Party in Tower Hamlets

Cadets and Youth Organisations in Uniform (YOU) from across London, joined the rest of the nation to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, the Victory in Europe, and took part in a fun 1945 themed party to mark the occasion.

The event, which was organised and hosted by GL RFCA, was held at the home of London’s Royal Naval Reserve unit, HMS President, in St Katharine’s Docks.

Armed with their 1945 ‘ration book’ invitations, the cadets and veterans joined 150 guests for what was an amazing day full of war time memories and stories to mark seventy years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. The ‘party’ complete with air raid sirens, bunting, war time themed food and music from the 1940s provided the perfect opportunity for young and old to celebrate this historic day, and thank local veterans, many of whom had served in the war itself.

Invited guests included the Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, Sir David Brewer; Lord Mountevans of Chelsea who represented the Lord Mayor of the City of London; civic dignitaries; representatives from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets; young people from the YOU organisations; veterans from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Stoll, RBL, SSAFA and representatives and young people from other local Tower Hamlets charities and organisations.

Participating cadets, some of whom were dressed in 1940s style, got into the spirit of the era and shared information about their own modern-day organisations with some items of relevant war-time memorabilia.   In addition, Army Reservists from Bomb Disposal unit 101 Engineer Regiment (Royal Engineers) who this year are celebrating 75 years of Bomb Disposal brought along a selection of WW2 bombs and modern day specialist equipment enabling guests to see for themselves the enhancements in search and disposal techniques.

Guests were treated to familiar musical favourites played by air cadets from 56F (Woolwich) Squadron and a combined Corps of Drums provided a spectacular display.  The party concluded with a musical set by the innovative young musician Beatie Wolfe, described as “Brilliant” by GQ and “Beautiful” by Monocle.”

Sir David Brewer Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London said “Thank you to the guests for coming along to make this event such a memorable occasion – to the young people proudly showing off their organisations and who have so much to thank the veterans for.  And the veterans who perhaps remember corned beef and devilled eggs the first time around!”