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CHEERING CROWDS REJOICE IN LONDON

MILLING IN STREETS Service And Civilian Revelries N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 10.30 a.m. LONDON, Aug. 10. Although the more cautious Londoners telephoned newspaper offices to ask whether the reported Japanese surrender was correct, a mass of civilians and members of the Services, especially Americans, did not wait for confirmation, but began their celebrations this morning. Piccadilly Circus and nearby streets soon became packed with cheering revellers strewing paper and streamers and flying flags. United States servicemen made "whoopee." They climbed the hoardings, hiding the site of the Eros statue and drank bottles of beer in the streets. Traffic was slowed down to a crawl. Oxford Street was similarly crowded. Paper was strewn almost along its length. Crowds wildly cheered while a hefty American military policeman was carried shoulder-high around Piccadilly. London policemen also received the same treatment.

Mr. Attlee Cheered A large crowd which gathered in Whitehall rousingly cheered Mr. Attlee as he arrived at No. 10, Downing Street, shortly after lunch. Sirens and hooters from warships and tugs in Portsmouth shrieked for an hour after the news was. reported that a surrender offer had been received. As the hot afternoon wore on, West End crowds thickened. The police had to clear a way for the traffic, especially in Piccadilly Circus, which was jammed with people. There were more paper "snow storms" and many processions of British and American soldiers, A.T.S. and civilians. One lorry load of British and American N.C.O.'s with a plentiful supply.of bottles of champagne was envied by many people. They shared the bottles with men and girls in the roadway. „ , .. Union Jacks were fixed on the tops of many lamp-posts and tape machine paper was flung across The Strand. Coloured streamers were found to decorate lamp-posts and motorists bedecked their cars with ribbons. Fireworks and rockets soared upwards in some suburbs. American W.A.A.C.'s came out on the streets with rattles and streamers. Decided to Make a Night of It After an afternoon of revelry, London was uncertain as night came whether it should or should not celebrate the Japanese surrender offer. Crowds eventually filled the traditional celebration centres and decided to make a night of it. Tens '■ of thousands of civilians and servicemen disregarded the official request that the offer should be treated with reserve and made merrs'. The streets from Aldwych to Oxford Circus were filled with revellers. Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue and the Haymarket were impassable for traffic. There were nearly 40,000 in the immediate vicinity of Piccadilly Circus shouting, singing and dancing around the site of the Eros Statue. Crowds in Trafalgar Square danced around Nelson's Column, while the liveliness in Leicester Square and other places was increased by fireworks. London's broadest srhiles were seen in Chinatown.

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CHEERING CROWDS REJOICE IN LONDON, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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CHEERING CROWDS REJOICE IN LONDON Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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