VE Day is poignant for many of our clients and Christies Carers.

As they isolate together, lots of them were able to enjoy the sunshine, enjoy afternoon tea in the garden, wave a flag and even join in with a sing a long…just the thing to cheer everyone under lockdown.

We asked everyone to send us their VE Day pictures, memories and accounts of their day. It was great to read actual first-hand accounts in a VE Day memoir and learn all the different things our clients and carers planned to enjoy safely together at home.

We received this lovely reminiscence of VE Day itself from our client, D. Cooper 

VE Day 8th May 1945

On VE Day I was a young boarder at a school in the country outside London. We were given a day off with strict orders to be back for supper at 7 o’clock.

Aware that there were great celebrations all over the country and especially in London, a friend and I decided to go and see what was happening. We caught a train from the local station, now no more, and then had to change trains to get to Victoria station. From there we walked down Victoria Street to Parliament Square packed with cheering crowds. After a short time, we heard even louder cheers and learnt that members of the House of Commons were to process across the Square for a Service of Thanksgiving in St Margaret’s Church by Westminster Abbey.

As there was then little control of crowds the MPs, 2 or 3 abreast, simply walked across while spectators stood to the sides to create a funnel. The crush was intense but we were small enough to worm our way to the front. So we watched as the procession led by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet passed just a few feet in front of us. We recognised many familiar faces, Clement Attlee, Herbert Morrison, Anthony Eden, Ernest Bevin and others.

MPs of all parties were then mostly dressed in formal clothes; black jackets, striped trousers and often with silk top hats. As there must have been a few hundred of them passing before us we soon became bored but in trying to move away we found that the crush behind us was too thick to escape so the only solution was to move forward and join the procession. For a short time, this was successful; some of the MPs found our presence quite amusing until one fiery member clipped us round the ears and ordered us to clear off.

We then made our way up Whitehall through thick crowds, many dancing and some no doubt far from sober, to Trafalgar Square and down the Mall to Buckingham Palace. Thousands were assembled in front of the Palace waiting for the King and the Royal family to appear on the balcony though this did not happen until much later in the evening when Churchill joined them. By now our time was running on so we rushed back to Victoria Station change trains and just made supper in time.

Perhaps one of the more remarkable things about the day was that not only did the trains run but they were also on time!

And these from a client in Jersey

“We have had a lovely celebration today, with a fantastic afternoon tea. I attach some photos of my mother enjoying her day.

The photos in the background of the old documents are family members who had German registration documents during the occupation.

Hope you like the photos, Dawn made the cake … with mum’s help!

Hope you enjoyed VE Day” 😊

Christies Carer, James (Piperjames) McGowan, was part of a mass Bagpipe event

“Although far away in South Africa, at 4 PM UK time I played a Bagpipe tune called “The Battle is Over” in unison with thousands of invited pipers around the world. This was all coordinated by the College of Piping in Scotland. I pipe at 5 PM, as we are an hour ahead, and my brother, Patrick who is in Birmingham, England and also a Piper, played in unison with me from there. 

So, although not with a client at present, I dedicated my playing to all the Christies Care clients who were born, were brought up or who served during the 2nd World War – and all of Christies’ clients as my mark of respect and on behalf of Christie’s too.

I was also honouring my Grandfathers, James and Albert, who both fought at Dunkirk and in Burma.

God bless and love to all”

James

One client made forget-me-not flower arrangements

“I picked the flowers (except for the tulips) from R’s garden. She then arranged these flowers in memory of her brother John, who was in the tank division and her sister Mary, who was a code breaker, in the last war and who both suffered badly through it.

She enjoyed talking about them whilst she arranged the flowers.” 

Christies Carer, Penny McBride

And Christies Carer, Celeste McArthur told us about her client’s day

“We took a lovely walk this morning Then at 11 am we stood still and joined all those outside their homes for a moment of silence.

Our walk was glorious – my client was strong, no walking pole today and in good spirits as we discussed those who lost their lives and the end of WW2, on this day in 1945. 

At 5:15 that afternoon, my client, his friends and family joined together with G&Ts and snacks via Zoom.

Meanwhile, I prepared dinner, ensuring my client had a great meal to end his day.”

Celeste

Here are more of our Christies Carers and their clients celebrating

Even Charlie was celebrating!