Joy of peace rings out in streets as war is over at long last

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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

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