Flags, streamers and bunting appeared from window at Swaffham early on VJ morning and from 9am the Market Place and main street were ablaze with colour.
Many folk ran wires from their electric plugs and so illuminated the flags outside their houses which added colour when darkness fell.
Housewives were seen, and even husbands, carrying shopping baskets and hurrying to their tradesmen for supplies. Most of the shops closed at lunch time after the largest queues ever seen in Swaffham at butchers’ shops.
Swaffham Town Band played selections on the Market Hill in the evening and attracted a large crowd. As it grew darker, the crowd took control and, with singers, the celebrations went on until the early hours. Mr J Howes and his concert party led most of the singing and “Auld Lang Syne” was sung at least ten times.
There was also a dance held at the Drill Hall.
On Thursday at 5pm a total of 244 children sat down to a tremendous tea at the Drill Hall. After the spread, Mr Howes and his party entertained, then games were organised and prizes awarded including chocolate given by a resident.
The children marched and sang to the Market Hill where a bonfire was lit with a Japanese figure on the top, amid great cheers.
As darkness fell there was dancing for the young and old to radiogram music which was carried on until the early hours of Friday morning.
The celebrations continued on Friday when the over 60s were entertained in the vicarage room, with each gentleman receiving an ounce of tobacco or cigarettes and each lady a pot of jam or a quantity of tea.