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MERRIMENT IN DUNEDIN P.A. DUNEDIN, this day. Scenes of enthusiasm such as have seldom been seen in Dunedin marked the official termination of the war against Japan yesterday when the pent up tension of expectancy found relief in a spontaeous outburst of rejoicing.

The conclusion of Mr. Attlee's broadcast was the signal,for a deafening din from sirens, whistles, bells and anything that would make a I noise and within a few minutes shops, offices and factories had closed doors and crowds were pouring into the streets. Everyone was in a mood of gay abandon and there was much singing and dancing by parties of young folk to the strains of the University capping band.

In the afternoon a civic service of thanksgiving held in the Octagon was attended by upwards of 15,000 people and for the remainder of the day and far into the night happy crowds continued to throng the main streets. Hotels did s roaring trade but, generally speaking, the celebration was orderly and thoroughly gond-humoured. The principal feature of to-day's festivities was an elc. borate procession arranged by the Federation of Labour.


p.A. TIMARU, this day. The victory celebrations in Timaru were colourful and spectacular with the sounding of the sirens at 11 a.m. Crowds appeared in the main street like magic. Many of the merrymakers were dressed in carnival costume, and impromptu processions, accompanied by a variety of musical instruments, wended their way with joyful abandon up and down the street. In the afternoon and evening bands paraded through the main street and community sings were held.

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FAR INTO THE NIGHT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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FAR INTO THE NIGHT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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