Thou­sands joined in prayer at the news

Macclesfield Express - - VE DAY SPECIAL -

THE Macclesfield Courier, pre­cur­sor to the Ex­press, re­ported the news of the VE day cel­e­bra­tions on its front page.

The head­line read: “VE Day, a town of re­joic­ing, thou­sands bow in prayer”.

The re­port con­tin­ues: “Although af­ter al­most six years of to­tal war so mem­o­rable an event was noth­ing if not fit­tingly cel­e­brated it was in no spirit of wild aban­don that Macclesfield VE Day, Tues­day, May 8th, 1945, com­mem­o­rated the end of the war in Europe. For joy­ously though the church bells rang, send­ing their notes over streets gay with colour and the broad acres of fer­tile farm­land, it was for most peo­ple a day of mem­o­ries and heart­felt thanks­giv­ing.

“In­deed when the Mayor, Al­der­man A. E. Brees and other civic lead­ers went to the parish church on Tues­day night to give thanks to God for a victory that so many of the town’s sons had made pos­si­ble – some at the cost of their young lives – thou­sands of towns­peo­ple, in­side the church and out of it, joined in prayer.

“Although the skies were over­cast and rain fell in­ter­mit­tently peo­ple made their way through the fes­tooned thor­ough­fares to the Mar­ket Place long be­fore the Prime Min­is­ter was due to broad­cast at 3pm on VE Day.”

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