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Stansted resident Audrey Rodgers will never forget her 14th birthday, which fell on the day that the Second World War ended.

She gathered at her aunt and uncle Rose and Frank Turner's house in Bentfield End with family and friends for the double celebration, as shown in this wonderful photo captured on the day and used as the front cover for this month's The Link Magazine online.

Audrey, who still lives in the village at Norman's Court and was formerly school secretary at Bishop's Stortford College, is pictured far left, back row. She marked Friday's 75th VE Day anniversary and her 89th birthday with coffee and cake with her neighbours. "We were outside because it was such a lovely day on Friday and I remember it was a lovely day on my 14th birthday," she said, adding that she had received many cards and flowers this year, including a red, white and blue bouquet.

Audrey Rodgers, pictured back row, far left, on her 14th birthday on VE Day 1945 (34536813)
Audrey Rodgers, pictured back row, far left, on her 14th birthday on VE Day 1945 (34536813)

"The photo was taken in the afternoon and later on in the day all sorts gathered - American and our own service men, friends and neighbours. I remember that I didn't feel afraid any more, that there was no threat from falling bombs. And of course, no more blackouts!"

Audrey is still in contact with three of the group in the photo - Jean Hoffman (daughter of Fred, the only man in the picture) who was aged four at the time and who provided the photo; Linda Sweet (far right) and Linda Leech (far left).

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