Westminster residents commemorate VE Day
More than 300 Peabody residents turn out for the 70th anniversary.
At our Pimlico estate music from the 1940s played as residents from Peabody estates across Westminster tucked in to an international menu of dishes. A bucking bronco, coconut shy, "hook a duck" and even a land train provided entertainment.
The event was organised by the Thamesbank Community Centre Committee
“The day was a huge success and brought the whole community together, not only to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day but to remember the seven people from our estate who died in bombings on the estate during the war," said Jane Buttigieg, Chair of Thamesbank Community Centre Committee. "It really was a fantastic event and I would like to thank all the residents who attended and the committee members for all their help.”
Jane Buttigieg dressed as a member of the British civilian organisation, Women’s Land Army
Stephen Howlett, Peabody Chief Executive, said: “Thamesbank Community Centre Committee pulled out all the stops for this event. It is a true testament to a great community spirit.”
Pimlico is one of our oldest estates; the first 26 blocks date from 1876.
In 1881 around 2,000 people lived there, many of them working in the nearby Chelsea Barracks. There were also lamplighters, messengers, charwomen, policemen and plumbers, while Charles Sutton, who lived in C Block, was employed as a porter at Buckingham Palace.
Pimlico is one of four of our estates to have a plaque commemorating those who died on active service in the First World War. In November 2005 a Channel 4 TV series, entitled Not Forgotten, featured the war memorial. Presenter Ian Hislop interviewed the granddaughter of William Buckland, the first man on the estate to be killed.
During the Second World War, the estate received a visit from Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who came to see the damage caused by an air raid.
New blocks were built in 2011, and officially opened by HRH The Duke of York in November 2012