Victory Street Party
Clarendon Street 1918

NOTE: there is now some doubt about the date of this party - it has been suggested that it might be around 1926.
The end of World War 1 - The "Great War" - was celebrated throughout the country with street parties.  Dover was no exception, and the pictures on this page show one such party taking place in Dover's Clarendon Street.   The quality of the pictures, which were found in an old album belonging to my great aunt, is not very good.  Can anyone put names to the faces?  Please contact webmaster<AT> if you can give us any information.

Street party

Note the shadow of the photographer, in his flat cap, at the bottom of every picture - the golden rule of photography in those days was that the sun must be behind the camera!

The celebrations were marred for many of these people by the loss of loved ones - my own grandfather was one of those who did not return from Ypres, leaving his wife and five children to struggle on without husband and father.

Street Party

Children were dressed up for the party in all kinds of fancy dress.

Street Party

Adults joined in the fun and fancy dress, too.

Street Party

Someone forgot to say "Watch the Birdie"!