Looking back: The dropping of the atomic bombs
-This story is an historical feature as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Daily News.
IN August 1945, after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, it became apparent that the end to the war in the Pacific was close. The planning of peace celebrations on the Tweed began, but until Japan's offer of surrender was officially accepted, the actual day of celebration could not be named.
Peace celebrations for residents in Murwillumbah were endorsed by a committee that met in mid August and a programme was drawn up covering two days of events in Knox Park and a carnival in the Main Street at night
The first day would start with a thanksgiving service at Knox Park at 11am, followed by variety entertainment with musical items and at 7pm the carnival, featuring dancing and music, would kick off in Main Street.
The following day in Knox Park would be a family day with games for children and entertainment for adults and at 7pm another carnival would be held in Main Street.
A meeting to organise celebrations at the Twin Towns was held by representatives of various organisations and public bodies. It was agreed that on the day following the official announcement a procession would take place through the main streets of both towns.
At the Coolangatta War Memorial in Marine Parade a thanksgiving service would be held and following the short speeches a musical programme was arranged.
The local police hoped that everyone would have a joyous time but said that they could not permit fireworks in the business section of the towns.