VE Day Street Party in Ridsdale Road, Anerley SE20
Standard 8mm film Black & White Mute 1945 5:30
Summary: A VE Day street celebration documenting a joyful day for the Ridsdale road locals in Bromley.
Title number: 127
Description: A local street tug of war opens the film, where an eager man and young children take part in this test of fun and fitness. A view of a long table set up on the street, shows a busy attendance of young children all waiting to start a celebratory banquet. Smartly dressed women patrol the table to ensure everything is in order and that the children are comfortable. The table is decorated with vases of flowers and plates piled high with sandwiches and rolls. The children grin and stare with curiosity at the camera, whilst tucking into the food and drinking cups of tea. As the women oversee all the enjoyment, they continue to replenish the supplies by placing more sandwiches on the table and topping up the teacups for the children to enjoy.
A large crowd of locals all congregate around the children and the table, whilst waving and smiling with joy at the camera. A small toddler nested comfortably in a pram watches with astonishment at the crowd. Two young girls giggle at the camera, where one is modelling a pretty white party dress. Union Jack flags hang over a small stage set up outside one of the houses and a select handful of children take part in singing for the crowd. This is monitored by a smartly dressed local, bearing a rosette on his blazer and kindly encouraging the children in their efforts.
Credits: filmmaker: Cyril Rickert
Further information: It is thought that this film was made by Cyril Ricket who lived around the corner from Ridsdale Road.
Keywords: Second World War (1939-1945); Celebrations; WWII; World War II
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Bromley; Anerley
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john sharpe wrote on February 27, 2016:The young girl in the paper hat dancing at the end is Vera Sharpe ( my aunty ) her grandfather…The young girl in the paper hat dancing at the end is Vera Sharpe ( my aunty ) her grandfather lived at 77 Ridsdale road at the time.
Chris Barker New Zealand wrote on November 2, 2015:I could not believe I saw my sister singing or saying a poem? She is the little one directly after…I could not believe I saw my sister singing or saying a poem? She is the little one directly after the boys trio. Mr. Ricket would most likely be the camera man. He was an icon in those days. He took many photos and movies of our guides and scouts of the 4th Anerley, in Ludlow Place. A wonderful kind man, we all loved him. I was born December 1946 when they had all come home from war. My sister would have been 4 then and my other sister just 2 could have been in that pram but can't be sure. We lived at 10 Castledine.