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VE Day in Swaffham in 1945

Swaffham’s celebrations on VE-Day in 1945 started with the “ringing and firing” of church bells before the final decorations were hung out – and by noon the whole town was a blaze of flags and bunting.

There was a sporting flavour to the afternoon events, with a football match arranged between a team from the Royal Tank Regiment and a team selected by Mr F Larwood and Mr G Head. The soldiers defeated the town team by 6-3.

After the match the military team entertained the Swaffham players to tea at the YMCA and in the evening the same regiment organised a dance at the drill hall, with free entry to all who attended.

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