V.E. Day in Melness

This is how the small village of Melness celebrated VE day:
(Extracted from the Northern Times of the day with permission) - (A couple of Photos taken from Cornhill).


Celebrations: On the preliminary announcement being made that the Prime Minister would broadcast on Tuesday, 8th May, the termination of the European Conflict, the Local Welcome Home Committee set about putting their provisional arrangements into effect for VE day. At 4pm. A most solemn and impressive service, conducted by the Rev. D MacDonald, was held in the Church when a large congregation assembled to render thanks unto God for the German Capitulation and the practical cessation of hostilities in Europe. Thereafter a short programme of sports was carried out and tea was served to all. A pleasing feature was a fancy dress parade by the school children, presenting a varied show of make-ups, after which the youthful members toured the district making a door to door collection in aid of the welcome Home Fund. At Midnight a Bonfire, material for which was collected by the younger generation, was set ablaze on Cornhill by two local repatriated Prisoners of war, Pte’s J.A. Gunn and G Munro. Prior to the lighting, Piper W.J Macleod, Seaforths, Midtown, played stirring strains on the Bagpipes, being vociferously cheered by the large crowd that had gathered. Rev. Mr MacDonald, the Manse, delivered a short but most appropriate address in appreciation of the military situation, finishing up with a poem composed locally, and for which he was loudly cheered. This was followed by a dance in the Public Hall, at which Piper W.J. MacDonald and L./S. Neil Munro supplied the music, whilst Mr Robert Mackay acted as MC.

 Melness Bay and Pier from Cornhill - Photo © Iain Morrison Melness Bay and Pier from Cornhill

 Melness Bay and Pier from Cornhill - Photo © Iain Morrison Melness Bay and Pier from Cornhill

 Melness Bay and Pier from Cornhill - Photo © Iain Morrison Melness Bay and Pier from Cornhill



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