Peace Celebrations

On 11th November 1918, Armistice marked the end of the First World War, however, complex peace negotiations and formalities continued well into 1919. By June 1919, all formal decisions had been made and the Treaty of Versailles was signed, marking peace.

The Peace Day celebration was proposed as the first real celebration marking the Allied victory in the conflict. The main event took place in London with Allied soldiers marching a victory parade through London, but towns and cities across the country held their own celebrations. The famous Whitehall Cenotaph in London began as a temporary structure for this Peace Day celebration that was later made permanent.

However, not everyone was entirely happy – some Peace Day celebrations saw ex-soldiers rioting and looting at what they saw to be lavish celebrations when many were living with poverty and unemployment.

The photo below shows Peace Day celebration held in Edlington.

Edlington Peace Celebrations, Local Studies Library