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Harry Clarke was son to Sam Clarke, village bootmaker, and he also kept a diary, extracts of which we featured last month in the News Sheet.

The following extract was chosen for May’s issue due to the Nations celebration of the end of WWII – the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe, that was due to take place on the May Day Bank Holiday.  The Government had announced that the holiday had been moved to the Friday 8th May 2020 as that was the exact day that VE Day was announced.   Due to Covid-19 the celebrations have had to be postponed.


But here are Harry’s comments about the Victory in Blidworth 1945.


Extract from Harry Clarke’s diary:


June 23 Sat.


On Whit Monday May 21st the children of the old village had a tea, a Victory tea, it was provided by the people of the old village.  People made buns, tarts, cakes etc. & gave them some money.  Mrs Cowdell & Mrs Orwood did a lot towards organising it.  They even had the committee meetings in Mrs Cowdell’s house.  The tea was held in the lecture hall Ivan Eyre led the children down the street playing his Accordian to the council houses field where they had community singing, they also had sports in the recreation ground, after tea they came once more to the council houses field where there was a bonfire.  Each child had a 1/- & a bag of sweets.  The preacher for Whit Sunday Rev Richard Boggis.  June Roberts sang both Sundays & everybody liked her. On June 20th Wednesday our Chapel Anniversary.

Michael Gallagher found a couple of photos of the VE Day celebration that happened on Appleton Road, in Blidworth - he was aged 5!VE Day 75th Anniversary 8th May 2020 

Harry Clarke's journal from September 1939 - end of 1945 has now been transcribed.  The remaining part 1933-Aug 1939 & 1946-1958 will be done next, then we will be publishing as we did Sam's diary.  Should anyone want to read either Sam's or Harry's an electronic copy can be obtained by contacting us on if you cannot wait until our library is open again.

For those who are not linked into information technology we have been and will continue to produce, a News Sheet which we hand out in plastic pockets (for safe handling) or can send electronically for you to print off in your own home so that we can spread the news and entertain!  Anyone know of someone who would like this  contact us via our email or Facebook Page and we will either post out or send you electronically so you can pass on.

Be safe and we will try to continue to entertain you virtually, until we meet again.