VE Day: Connie Williams in Portnall Road on May 8 1946

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 May 2020

Portnall Road, May 8, 1945. PIcture: Connie Williams

Portnall Road, May 8, 1945. PIcture: Connie Williams


Sitting in a high chair in front of a vast crowd is Connie Williams celebrating VE Day in Kilburn on May 8 1945.

The picture was taken in Portnall Road on Victory in Europe Day when people gathered to celebrate the end of six years of war.

“I was born in Portnall Road in 1944 and left in 1963,” said Connie, who now lives in Gloucestershire.

“The newly built Kilburn Times office was about six houses away from my house and at the end of the road then.

You may also want to watch:

“I was not told much by any family and have done my own research in recent years.

“My mother was not married so we were very poor. That means I have very few photos or physical objects.

“I have just always thought that photo is so very much of the era.”

Connie recently chanced upon our story on Christie Moore’s book about the Kilburn postman who fought in the trenches (April 30).

“I will probably try to contact her as we were both living there for some years,” Connie added.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Brent & Kilburn Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Kilburn Times