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VE Day at St. Francis’ in 1945

May 07, 2020

As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day under lockdown, we share with you this picture from the school archive taken of our boarders celebrating VE Day in 1945. According to the school magazines there was great excitement at St. Francis’ College when girls heard on the wireless that the Allies had accepted Germany’s surrender. Reverend Mother Elisabeth announced a two day holiday and bunting in the shape of a V was hung outside the front of the school. On May 9th pupils had a bonfire in the grounds and burnt a 7ft high effigy of Hitler on a bonfire.

During these unprecedented times old photos of happier times have provided comfort and solace for many. Here at St. Francis’ College we have been sharing photos from the school archive with our alumni around the world. Four photos have been shared every day on the SFOGA Facebook page and the response has been truly astounding. Some fabulous memories have been discussed, friends have reconnected again with people they had lost touch with, people have shared their own photos and memorabilia, and each week we are getting more former pupils and staff joining the extended College community.

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