Title ID 448Collection ID216
Title[Victory in Europe 1945]
Date8 - 13 May 1945
CollectionWinston Robinson
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeCase Study The Home Front Wartime And Military
KeywordsWorld War II Celebrations Armed Forces Civil Defence Dance Ceremonies Local Government Religious Activities Second World War (1939-1945) Uniforms Fairgrounds
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWinston Robinson
CameraWinston Robinson
DirectorWinston Graham Robinson
ProducerA WINRO Production
EditorWinston Graham Robinson
ParticipantsCouncillor A.V. Nicholls, Mayor of Brighton; Mrs. A.V. Nicholls; Reverend Hugh Lewen (Bishop of Lewes); Flight Lieutenant W. Teeling MP
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film with titles recording the end of World War Two celebrations in Brighton beginning on VE Day. Including official services, many street parties and a funfair.


The film opens with the Brighton coat of arms and motto 'In Deo Fidemus' with the titles 'This is a WINRO film', 'Photography by Winston Robinson'.

Intertitle: 'End of War in Europe 1939 -1945 “VE” Day - His worship the Mayor of Brighton (Councillor A.V. Nicholls, J. P.) reads Peace Proclamation May 8th,1945'. The film begins with scenes outside the Town Hall. Many people and military groups gather and watch as the peace proclamation is read from the balcony by the Mayor and a priest also addresses the crowd. Dignitaries and Aldermen fill the balcony which is draped with allied flags. On the street, the Royal Sussex Regiment parade and the military band wait by the regimental insignia of the White Roussillon Plume . The crowds move off. The Mayor and Mayoress stand together looking at the camera.

Intertitle: 'National Day of Thanksgiving - The Mayor and Mayoress (Councillor and Mrs A.V. Nicholls) and The Bishop of Lewes (The Reverend Hugh Lewen attend Brighton Civic Ceremony - Sunday, May 13th, 1945'. A procession of clergymen, choristers, choir boys, the Mayor, Aldermen and dignitaries make their way into St. Peters Church.

Intertitle: 'Victory Parade - All Services - Brighton, Sunday, May 13th, 1945'. A panorama of the crowd gathered on the seafront with the Mayor and his Aldermen standing in front of the Old Ship Hotel. The victory parade includes representatives from all forces: the Navy, Army and Air and include men and women personnel. These are followed by by the Civil Defence Services.

Intertitle: 'The Mayor and Mayoress of Brighton (Councillor and Mrs A.V. Nicholls) and Flight Lieutenant W. Teeling, M.P. Join the Victory Street Party Celebrations'. Intertitle: 'Patcham (Eldred Avenue)'. Celebrations on grassy hill with a train passing in the background. The Mayor and Mayoress and Lieutenant Teeling arrive, chat and share party food with the children.

Intertitle: 'New England Street'. A view of the street bedecked with bunting and families gathered at the street party. There is a sign pointing to the Air Raid Shelter. The Mayor's car is parked (number plate GCD 1). The Mayor, elevated, speaks to the crowd and people mingle and celebrate in the street, some wearing paper hats. A small band plays (drums and two on accordions) and the crowd sings along. The Mayor, Mayoress and Lieutenant talk with the people and drink tea.

Intertitle: 'Vere Road'. The street is decorated with flags and flowers and cakes are laid out on the trestle-style table. The Lieutenant speaks to a group. The Mayoress is seen holding a bunch of flowers.

Intertitle: 'Blaker Street'. The Mayor speaks on a decorated podium with a banner reading God Bless Our King hung in the background . The Mayoress is handed a child to hold. Intertitle: 'Music Maestro Please'. The Mayor plays piano as small children gather around him to watch, some singing along. People dance and sing. The Mayoress is seen with a large bouquet of flowers.

Intertitle: 'Tillstone Street'. A large street party with the group waving at the camera.

The following sequences are in black and white: people dancing in circles while the Mayor and Mayoress talk to an elderly man. The Mayor, Mayoress and Lieutenant are then seen joining in the dancing with the group.

Intertitle: 'Carlton Hill - Milner Flats'. The Mayor, Mayoress and Lieutenant stand amongst the crowd and drink beer.

Intertitle: 'Newmarket Road'. People gather in front of the camera in fancy dress together with the Lieutenant.

Intertitle: 'Kimberley Road'. The Mayor and Lieutenant speak to the crowds at the street party. Girls drink tea together by a table laden with party food.

Intertitle: “The Mace bearer to the rescue”. The chauffeur feeds a young girl from a large bowl of trifle. Crowds gather in front of the camera.

Intertitle: 'The Fun of the Fair. The film resumes in colour to show people arriving at Coneley's fairground at the bottom of East Brighton Park on Wilson Avenue. Many fair rides and caravans can be seen. A banner reads 'Coneleys - Cokernut throwing' . People enjoy Matthews Rodeo Ride, swing boats and girls enjoy ice creams. Next we see 'Coneley’s Brighton Speedway” and a merry-go-round for young children. People have fun on the many rides and stalls and children eat ice cream.

Trolley bus 26A to Preston Drove makes its way southwards along the Steine. The trolleybus is decorated with flags and images of the three allied leaders: Winston Churchill, F.D. Roosevelt and J. Stalin. A bus then makes its way up North Street past Hanningtons. End Title: The end


A colour still image taken from TID 448, showing a Naval military band in Sailor's uniform saluting to the dignitaries stood on a platform outside the Old Ship Hotel, as the forces troop process along the seafront.A colour still image taken from TID 448, showing a community group of adults and children mingling around a set of long tables covered in white tablecloths and crockery, ready for an afternoon tea on Tillstone Street, Brighton. Children smile and wave at the camera.A black and white still image taken from TID 448, showing the Mayor, Mayoress and Flight Lieutenant W. Teeling M.P joining in on the celebrations on Tilstone Street,  Brighton. Dressed in formal clothing, they walk and dance hand-in hand in the middle of the street with crowds all around them.