Joy of peace rings out in streets as war is over at long last
closed at 1pm to allow the festivities to be joined by workers, sent on their way by blaring horns and sirens from vessels moored at the dockyard.
The celebrations spread around the country, delivered by the merry peal of church bells and a cacophony of ships’ horns.
“Dundee was on holiday,” said the paper. “The news soon spread all over the city and people gave themselves over to rejoicing and congratulation.”
From the harbour, packed with naval vessels, came a wave of noise.
“Perhaps there were never so many of His Majesty’s ships in the Tay at any one time as there are at the moment,” the report continued.
In Greenock, men working in the shipyards and engineering shops downed tools to march through the streets “in squads, singing and cheering.”
In Paisley, crowds gathered at County Square, Moss Street and the Cross at 11am as the High Church bells and the chimes of the Town Hall clock heralded a new dawn of peace.
Smaller towns celebrated just as hard. In Airdrie work was suspended in munitions factories, offices and workplaces, and workers piled into the streets to sing and chant as work horns and railway whistles sounded.
In Alloa the bells of St John’s Episcopal Church were a signal for
Men of the First Battalion of Irish Guards hold aloft their steel helmets