This photo of the VE Day+1 party in Henry Street Rainham Kent was kindly supplied by Paul Edwards. The reverse of the photo reads "Souvenir of the Children's Party held in Henry St Rainham on VE Day Plus One (9th May 1945) Paul believes that the man second from right is Percy Woolley and the lady far left may be Percy's mother Ellen.

The street has changed significantly since 1945 but based on the gaps in the houses I believe the photo was taken looking towards where numbers 9 & 11 Henry Street are now and the edge of number 23 Henry Street is on the right hand side of the photo. This would have been the location of Akhurst Building Yard.

Henry Street VE Day Party 9 May 1945 Rainham Kent War time

Henry Street VE Day Party 9 May 1945 Rainham Kent War time

This undated aerial photo of Crescent Shipping at Otterham Quay Rainham Kent shows the full layout of the docks

This photo of HL Bodiam Seed Merchants shop in  Rainham Kent was Simes Ltd in the 1970s. Photo was in Action Forum - May 1975 Number 69

This photo of Rainham Co-operative Store was taken in 1975 from the church tower. The store was located opposite St Margaret's Church and demolished in 1997 to make way for the new Medical Centre. The store front clearly shows the date of 1928 on the front facade. To the right of the photo you can just see the old Rainham Sorting Office that is now the McCarthy & Stone retirement home.

Photos of the demolition in 1997 are here Rainham High Street Coop Co-operative Store Demolition

This photo of child with old style pram was taken in the garden on 28 Woodside Wigmore Kent in the summer of 1946 so within a year of the Second World War ending. My grandparents had built the house 7 years earlier, you can see the receipt for the construction here. Costs of Building in Woodside,Wigmore 1939

The bungalow opposite looks virtually unchanged in 2021!

photo of child with old style pram was taken in the garden on 28 Woodside Wigmore Kent in the summer of 1946

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