Seventy five years ago this week, the City of Manchester was preparing to celebrate the end of the war in Europe.
Plans were being prepared for a party.The Licensing Committee had granted an extension until 2.00am for licensed premises on the 8th May 1945 which was a Tuesday while clubs were given an extension until 11.30.
The YMCA announced that it would do its upmost to provide food and accommodation to all the Armed forces personnel stationed near the City who were expected to come and celebrate.
Grocers shops were to shut one hour after Churchill’s expected announcement, bread deliveries would be made on the day but not the day after and would resume two days later.
The Bishop of Manchester said that all churches would remain open immediately following the announcement and would remain open for two days and the bells of the Town Hall would be rung following the announcement, they had not rung out when the German surrender was announced