V.E. Day


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The people of Northern Ireland marked V.E. Day or Victory in Europe Day on 8th May 1945 with celebrations, dancing, bonfires, and games across the country.

Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Ballymena, Co. Antrim

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4th May 2020

The sun shone in Co. Antrim as VE Day celebrations began in Ballymena. Not even patients in the Waveney Hospital felt left out as they feasted on ice cream!

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Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Bangor, Co. Down

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4th May 2020

Bangor, Co. Down marked Victory in Europe Day or V.E. Day with an effigy of Hitler hung in the town as people celebrated on 8th May 1945.

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Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Belfast

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4th May 2020

Thousands of people gathered on the streets on Belfast to celebrate Victory in Europe Day on 8th May 1945. Street parties took place throughout the city.

Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Bellaghy, Co. Londonderry

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4th May 2020

VE Day celebrations in Bellaghy, Co. Londonderry involved a gramophone-led street party, a lot of gunfire and a big turf-built bonfire at The Diamond.

Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Cullybackey, Co. Antrim

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4th May 2020

In Cullybackey, Co. Antrim, VE Day celebrations culminated with Major SG Haughton atop a white horse leading the parade to a ceremonial fire on Reid's Hill.

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Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

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4th May 2020

On 8th May 1945, Lord Northland oversaw a parade of organisations through the streets of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone to commemorate the Allied Victory in Europe.

Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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4th May 2020

There was much music and dancing during the VE Day celebrations in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in 1945. The local RUC even received both complaints and hugs!

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Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Gilford, Co. Down

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4th May 2020

Crowds gathered for VE Day celebrations in Gilford, Co. Down on the 8th May 1945 and the Belgian Infantry joined in with the burning of an effigy of Hitler.

Victory in Europe: V.E. Day celebrations in Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh

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7th May 2020

Victory in Europe Day on 8th May 1945 saw locals of Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh mix with an international crowd as they lit a bonfire to mark Allied victory.