Thousands joined in prayer at the news
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.”