On Tuesday 8 May 1945, the day the Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, more than a million people celebrated in the streets all over Britain.
The Banffshire Journal of the following week recorded how the Parish of Marnoch celebrated VE Day:
A fine performance by Betty Bruce’s concert party, Aberdeen, was given in the Memorial Hall on VE Day, in aid of the Marnoch Hall Building Fund, and a gross sum of £108 was raised, including a cheque for £25 from the Chairman, Major N W Aitken, DSO, House of Glennie. During the evening, the gathering heard the broadcast of the King’s speech, a set having been installed for the purpose by Mr J A Fraser [who had a cycle shop at 39 Main Street]. The Chairman welcomed certain repatriated p.o.w. who were present as guests of the committee, and spoke feelingly of the magnificent contribution which the 51st (Highland) Division had made towards the victory now declared.
VE Day was observed at Marnoch with services of thanksgiving, conducted by Rev M Buchanan, one in the school, after which classes dispersed for two days’ holiday, and another service in the Kirk of Marnoch, following the broadcast announcement of victory by Mr Churchill.
On Tuesday well attended services of thanksgiving were held at New Marnoch and Marnoch churches. On Wednesday a public service was held in the Memorial Hall, when Provost Auchinachie presided and Rev M Buchanan and Mr Watkinson took part. Miss Beattie was at the piano, and Reveille was sounded by Mr Watkinson. Flags and bunting in abundance were displayed throughout the burgh.