Sue Fawcett, recently found this old photo amongst her mother’s possessions. It shows the 1945 VE Day street party in Basildon Drive, Laindon. Sue’s mother (Lilian Bateman) lived at No. 51 during the war. (She had marked herself sitting in the front). Lilian married Henry Harsent. The couple lived in Ashleaves Avenue, Roberts Road and then moved to No. 57 Basildon Drive.
Sue has kindly given her permission for the photo to be published on the website and hopes others will enjoy seeing it.
I recognised the area straight away, the two storey houses on the right and the bungalows on the left, some of which are still there. Like many roads in Laindon, Basildon Drive was originally unmade.