spring of 1945 German outer defences had been broken and it
was quite clear that, within a very short time, Hitler's
forces would be totally defeated. It was, therefore, no
surprise when, on 8th May, Mr Winston Churchill
morning at 2.41am at Headquarters, General Jodl....signed a
pact of unconditional surrender of all German land, sea and
air forces in Europe....Today this agreement will be
ratified in Berlin.... Hostilities will end officially at
one minute aftertonight (Tuesday) but in the interests
of saving lives the "cease fire" began yesterday,
to be sounded all along the front, and our dear Channel Islandsare also to be freed today...."
HM King George
VI broadcast to the Nation. In his speech he said "We
kept faith with ourselves and with one another; we kept
faith and unity with our great Allies. That faith, that
unity, have carried us to victory through dangers which at
times seemed overwhelming."
May, the Three Legged Cross school log records "In accordance with instructions
received in Circular Letter 641 the children (following
instructions received from the Head Teacher) assembled at
the school this morning and a Thanksgiving Service (for the
Cessation of Hostilities with Germany) was held. The children were dismissed
at for 2 days holiday. School to re-open on
the same day, VerwoodCouncilSchoolassembled as usual at 8am and a
Thanksgiving Service of Praise was held. The Headmaster
gave an address. Milk was served and then all adjourned to
the Recreation Ground where the field was laid out for
sports in the evening. The children were dismissed at . Sports organised by the teachers and
funded by public subscription through the Parish Council
were run from to 7pm.
May was a holiday, the WI did not hold its monthly meeting
and everyone celebrated in their own way.
On Sunday 13th
May, all war service groups, the Guides and scouts paraded
to church for a Thanksgiving Service.
celebrations did not take place until the 8th
June, when, because of rain, the sports programme was
cancelled. Nevertheless, all children of Verwood and Three
Legged Cross assembled in the VerwoodCouncilSchooland were entertained to songs, tea,
lemonade, milk and ice cream.
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