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“much enthusiasm and rejoicing” while the town bells rang in Ayr, accompanied by sirens, hooters and foghorns from the harbour and shipyard. “The town was speedily gay with bunting,” reported the paper.
Bells rang from Bathgate to Crieff, where a crowd assembled in the town’s James Square; and from Denny to Biggar and Beith where “unbounded enthusiasm prevailed.”
In Inverness, where the American navy had established a base and transformed Glen Albyn distillery into a mines factory, the celebrations took on an international and colourful flavour.
The celebrations were particularly poignant for those who had seen the war at its worst and suffered the consequences. In Milngavie, wounded soldiers from the former mansion house at Craigmaddie, turned into one of five Red Cross hospitals for war casualties in the area, joined the celebrations.
But amid the reports of joy and hope there was a stark reminder of the human cost. On page two was printed a long column of names, ages and ranks. On the day of the Armistice, it revealed, around 2000 men were killed and 2150 wounded.
The war was over, but for the many grieving and wounded, the next battle was just beginning.
Happy scenes on a London bus after peace is declared. Jubilant Americans show newspaper headlines announcing the surrender of Germany.
as they hear the welcome news of the Armistice at Maubeuge in northern France.