BIG CROWD GIVES THANKS P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, Wednesday. The several days spent in the expectation that Japan's capitulation would be announced at any hour robbed the peace announcements this morning of only a little of their potency, although the reactions in Christchurch held less spontaneous excitement than might have been expected otherwise. The universal feeling of relief was reflected in the attendance of 6000 people at Lancaster Park for a service of thanksgiving, dedication and remembrance.
Many thousands joined in singing and dancing in the city's streets throughout the day and evening. Paper litter was thrown from the post office and other buildings by employees when the news was first announced and, after whistles, bells and car horns had helped to spread the news, flags and bunting began to appear on buildings.
The celebrations gathered impetus after the shops had closed and hundreds of persons followed bands marching through the city. Two detonators were placed on some tram rails and there was broken glass in a few streets to-night, but generally hooliganism was noticeably absent.
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CHRISTCHURCH REACTION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
CHRISTCHURCH REACTION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
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