VJ Day memories in Bognor Regis

A street party in Orchard Way in Bognor Regis to celebrate VJ Day in August 1945
A street party in Orchard Way in Bognor Regis to celebrate VJ Day in August 1945

MEMORIES of 1945 in Bognor Regis have come flooding back for a former Punch and Judy Man.

Trevor Jennings entertained his neighbours in Orchard Way at a street party to celebrate VJ Day.

The rare event took place as Japan surrended to end the second world war. Most celebrations were held three months earlier in May when VE Day heralded the end of the war in Europe.

Trevor, 82, said: “My father, Len Jennings, was a well known magician. He did an hour of magic at the street party while I was setting up my Punch and Judy booth on the green.

“We had sandwiches and cakes - the usual party fare. It was a marvellous time for us children.

“Looking at the photograph, I can remember a lot of faces. My father, my mother and my grandmother were there as well as my brother and sister.”

Most of the residents of partly built Orchard Way enjoyed the celebrations near its junction with Chichester Road.

“I started staging Punch and Judy shows when I was ten in 1943,” he said.

Trevor, of Tangmere Gardens, Aldwick, retired a couple of years ago after becoming what he believed to be the longest-serving Punch and Judy man in Britain.

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