On this Saturday, the Peterborough Standard held a party at the Salvation Army Citadel for children of men from Peterborough who were away serving in the armed forces. Their 400 'guests' between the ages of 5 and 14 had what was described as 'rollicking entertainment' before they sat down to a 'grand tea'. With crockery in short supply, and broken pieces hard to replace, all children were asked to bring their own cups or mugs. After all was done, every child received a present from Father Christmas, who appeared to have arrived safe and sound, despite the conflict all around. (Gray, David, Peterborough at War 1939-1945, David Gray, 2011)
Taken from The Peterborough Book of Days by Brian Jones, The History Press, 2014.