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Victory Party, Goat Wharf, 1945

Arthur Peters has provided this photo "of Victory Party which was held in a yard off of Goat Wharf. I am the small boy with dark hair in the front row 2nd from the right."

Joyce Marchant (nee Stockley) writes 'I believe it is my mother (Mrs STOCKLEY) in the flag apron and white hat, my sister Jennifer second row on the right with the hair ribbon and me, Joyce, the bigger girl in the dark pinifore in the front row'.

Sepia photo of group of over 70 people outside brick built property


The photo includes three babes in arms, several toddlers and a front line of small children, including Arthur Peters, many of whom have a label (with their name?). Many of the group sport paper hats, the group includes a prominent clergyman, a handful of ladies wearing print pinafores (perhaps they had been doing the catering?) and just three men (back row).

Janet McNamara has researched the location and has found that the big house was Thames Bank House, which survived into the 1970s.

Please contact if you can help with any names.

Read more about VE-Day celebrations in 1945.

Published October 2010; updated May 2020