It was Britain's biggest street party: when the Nazis surrendered to the Allies on May 8, 1945, people laid trestle tables, danced in the & # 39; e streets, toads in fountains and took part in sweaters of war races.
Not approaching its 75th anniversary during Britain's lockdown, Channel 4 producers have unearthed rare images of people celebrating around the world VE Day.
Like watching scenes across Britain, the VE Day In Color: Britain's Biggest Party program, on Sunday, featured images of Parisiennes celebrations on Champs-Élysées, troops parade on Red Square of Moscow and prisoners are released from the German concentration camp Dachau.
Two soldiers and two women posing for a photo while celebrating at Trafalgar Square in London. Diana, from Croydon, told the program about traveling to the landmark in & # 39; train as part of & # 39; a D-Day celebrations
A group of young people stood on a plinth at Trafalgar Square Wave flags of Union Jack during VE Day celebrations, with parties all over Britain following & # 39; the Nazis' s surrender to & # 39; e Allies on May 8, 1945
Britain's Greatest Street Party: Families Celebrating in Tyneside, North East England. People added tables, danced in the streets, paddled in fountains and participated in sweaters of war games across Britain as part of & # 39; a VE Day celebrations
Troops and ladies in London. Despite many of the & # 39; s recordings with celebrations on Britain and around the world, the majority of & # 39; an 8mm film from US archives to have the US GI's Kodachrome color film
Children at a street party at a table in East London on & # 39; the day of & # 39; e celebrations. Like watching scenes throughout Britain, the program has parades of Parisiennes on the Champs-Élysées and troops parade on Moscow's Red Square
Two boys in Lambeth, a district in south London, were eating ice cream cones and holding a Union Jack flag. Nik Coleman, chief executive of Coleman TV, said the recordings & # 39; are not secret & # 39; are, but has been & # 39; ignored for a long time & # 39;
One person plants a kiss on & # 39; the cheek of another in & # 39; a movie that shows celebrations around the world. Mr Coleman said: & # 39; When & # 39; broke the VE Day celebrations there was a flurry of people with cameras & # 39; film & # 39;
A group of young people, including troops, climbs on one of the plinths on Trafalgar Square. Diana reminds her: & # 39; My memory is mostly about how many people there were and driving & shooting & # 39 ;. She described the holidays as & # 39; spectacular & # 39;
Nik Coleman, chief executive of Coleman TV, who created the program, said: "We used a lot of content, which was offcuts and B-roll knocked into archives. We don't have any of their digital paint. We do not have the capacity to do so.
'We have digitally restored and very heavy color improved a lot of content. Some of these were of fairly low quality and we spent considerable time to bring it back to broadcast standards.
'This is not a secret recording. It's just that this has been ignored for a long time, because it hasn't been significant. It's ephemeral. Now the idea of people not dancing in the streets after being released from lockdown is highly precise for all of us. & # 39;
Children in East London play a drag-to-war game as part of the celebrations. Members of & # 39; Royal Family and Boris Johnson will share a series of video calls with veterans of & # 39; e World War II for VE Day on May 8 this year
Crowds pictured at Trafalgar Square in London. Diana, who visited the area on VE Day, says on the program that there was a lot of & # 39; pushing and shoving & # 39; was, to & # 39; packed the square & # 39; was, and added: & # 39; It was a very exciting time & # 39;
Crowds happily caught on camera at Trafalgar Square in London, with some who & # 39; t it & # 39; V for Victory & # 39; sign, which was introduced in January 1941 as part of a campaign by the Allies of World War II
A banner reads & # 39; 1918 Let's read Forget 1945 & # 39; in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, on VE Day. Mr Coleman, 59, who hails from Norfolk, was inspired to make the color documentary by his 92-year-old mother Sheila
Children play a game of musical chairs during the celebrations with numerous Union Jack flags in the background. VE Day in Color: Britain's Biggest Party will be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday, May 3 at 8pm
Four buses in London, advertising Wrigleys chewing gum, Hovis bread and Schweppes lemonade, try to navigate the large crowds as people gather to party and celebrate in the streets of & # 39; e capital
A woman with a bicycle who & # 39; s wearing the colors of & # 39; the American flag & # 39; e Champs-Élysées in Paris, France. Mr Coleman said: & # 39; Now the idea of people not in & # 39; dancing down the streets after they've been released from lockdown is very cautious for all of us & # 39;
Coleman, 59, who hails from Norfolk, was inspired to make the documentary by his 92-year-old mother Sheila, who was 17 when the war ended. She is interviewed in the program.
& # 39; She had just left school and she had gone to Martin & # 39; s Business College in Norwich to learn how to write and short-handed, & # 39; he said.
'She met my father Brian when they were 15 at a dance at a very famous dancehall in Norwich, The Sampson Hercules.
& # 39; They were together until father's death last year due to cancer and celebrated VE Day together.
HM King George VI (second to the right) and Queen Elizabeth (second from the left) with Princess Elizabeth (left) and Princess Margaret (right), together with the Prime Minister, Churchill (center), on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London on VE Day
Former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill agreed to step out of a car driven by huge crowds in London. Channel 4 producers discovered the rare visuals when approaching the 75th VE Day anniversary during coronavirus lockon
A young group of people playing in the fountain on Trafalgar Square in London. The official commemorations on May 8 will begin at 11 a.m. with a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence to mark the historic occasion
People dancing in the street as part of VE Day. This year, the Queen will address the nation to mark the 75th anniversary on an extraordinary day of virtual commemoration during the coronavirus
& # 39; He was a very, very enthusiastic photographer and had been given rolls of old images. I found them in a brass locker in & # 39; e hall. & # 39;
But the majority of the 8mm movie came from American archives, because of the American GI's Kodachrome color film. & # 39; They returned through the UK with unused Kodachrome movie, & # 39; added Coleman.
& # 39; When the VE Day celebrations broke out, there was a flurry of people with cameras and movies. They were then sent back to the US, where the majority would go to archives, because they had no operational use. They are probably not seen for a very, very long time. & # 39;
VE Day in Color: Britain's Biggest Party will be shown on Channel 4 on Sunday, May 3 at 8pm.
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