Residents of The Oaks Care Home in Newtown commemorated the 75th anniversary of VE Day by sharing some of their memories.

From a young miner who was working underground on VE Day to a teenage girl who celebrated in style at a street party, all recalled their special memories from 1945.

Staff and residents enjoyed a socially isolated ‘street party’ in the home’s private enclosed garden with afternoon tea served in vintage China tea sets sourced locally and songs from the 1940s.

Jennifer Roberts, Registered Manager of The Oaks, a luxury nursing and residential home which offers the highest quality care for older people, including those with dementia, said: “VE Day is a day that many of our residents remember so we wanted to make sure the 75th anniversary was a special day for them too.

“It was humbling to hear their stories or their lives and their vivid memories of an incredible time in British history.”

  • Max was ‘underground’ on VE Day. For three years he was working deep in a coal mine in South Wales. Here he is today enjoying the warmth of the sun!
  • Gwalia was only 16 on VE Day. She came from a farming community and vividly she remembers a street party in Carno, a village in Powys.
  • Peggy enjoyed a special trip to Rhyl to celebrate VE Day. She remembers seeing lots of celebratory bonfires fires light up the Welsh hills. It’s a day she will always remember she says.
  • Frank has vivid memory of counting in U-Boats on VE Day. He served in the armed forces during the war. After only a few days leave after VE Day he was posted to Ceylon.