Men and women dance the conga around a bonfire in East Acton, London during the evening of VE Day, 8 May 1945
© IWM (EA 65881)

On 7th May, Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany, signalling the end of World War Two in Europe. A special announcement was broadcast on BBC Radio late that day, announcing that 8 May, Victory in Europe Day, would be a public holiday.