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Posted - 01 May 2019 :  4:05:28 PM Show Profile Visit keptie's HomepageSend keptie a Private Message Reply with Quote
I met for the first time in my life possibly a man called MR MCLEOD whose late father was Mr McLeod ,the Grocers on DUKE STREET Arbroath and he said he remembers as a wee boy being taken to THE HIGH COMMON in the town on V E WEEKEND (8th May 1945 ) to watch the BONFIRE lit on the High Common celebrating the end of the WW2 with Europe .

Ive never heard that Story before ? anyone else heard that story ??

Patrick w Anderson


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Ive just had a look at the book called AMONG THE RED LICHTIES , 1900 to 1945 by Bruce Middleton (1994)
and the last year of the book 1945 it has War ;


Arbroath celebrated VE (victory in Europe ) in many ways on 8th May (1945) . many municipal buildings and many streets were bedecked with bunting and flags . Victory Bells rang out at 3.30 with special services at 4pm

NO BONFIRES were ALLOWED in case they gave away bearings to any U boat which had not surrendered

Maybe the Mr McLeod above might have gone to the High Common with his father to see the Bonfire when the WW2 ended finally with V.J ( Victory in Japan ) as the newspapers reported NO BONFIRES on VE Weekend due to being seen by any U Boats not yet surrendered


Any ideas


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I've just found in the same book and in 1945


There were scenes of joy and celebrations throughout the Burgh with the announcement of the end of the War by the Prime Minister on the wireless at Midnight and the SURRENDER of Japan . Thousands of Arbroathians came out of their beds to throng the streets and in the High Street folks with Trumpets and Bagpipes played with dancing in Kirk Square and Danger Point , Initially the bells of churches were silent but eventually the Old Kirk bells rang out .

BON FIRES were lit at SPRINGFIELD PARK by Baillie R . McGlashan and at the HIGH COMMON by Provost John Lamb.

Tragedy struck on V J day 15th August 19145 when an explosion on the beach beside the SIGNAL TOWER killed 1O year old THOMAS KEILLOR of Ann Street .

The Bon Fire story will be for the V.J. celebrations and not the V.E weekend celebrations


(Patrick w Anderson






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