Heeley Street Parties: Then and Now

Posted on July 7, 2010 by


These old photographs are from the Picture Sheffield website and show ‘Victory in Europe” (VE) Day street parties in Heeley in May 1945. Despite the fact that food rationing was set to continue, people still wanted to party. The scene depicting bunting in the street is a view down Oak Street (before all the terraced houses were demolished). The second photo shows a little girl combining her birthday party with the VE Day celebrations on Upper Valley Road – apparently her cake is iced in red, white and blue.

Our very own Big Lunch 2010 street party on Albert Road is set for Sunday 18th July from 12.00-4.30pm. If this coincides with your birthday, why not sign up to judge the ‘Best Cake’ competition – that way you’re sure to get lots of lovely home-baked cake.

This is the latest update from the Big Albert Street Party organisers:


  • Bunting-making session on Thursday 8th July at 7.30pm at 212 Shirebrook Road – just turn up with your ideas, and bring materials if you have any.


  • Music from DJ Ian – bring CDs or musical instruments to plug into the sound system.
  • Talent Show – Sign up on the day to enter and show what you can do.
  • Street Piano available to anyone who can play.
  • To help call Yvonne on 0787 969 7569 or email pip.smith@blueyonder.co.uk .


  • Soft play area for small kids; Games and races for big kids and grown-ups.
  • To help call Judy on 281 7851 (adults) or Niamh on 0750 231 8381 (kids).


  • Best cake; Best table flowers; Most unusual or rude vegetable; Best ‘Big Albert’ (all entries considered).
  • Judges will be needed – sign up on the day.

Food & Drink:

  • On the day bring a savoury or sweet dish to share, a chair for yourself, and your own plate, cup and cutlery.
  • Contact Bardy on 258 7274 to help with the food.

Next Meeting:

  • Thursday 15th July, 7.00pm at Meersbrook Bowling & Social Club on Shirebrook Road.