IT IS better late than never.

Winchester tourist guides, Colin Cook and Patrick Craze, were unable to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day last year because of Covid.

But now they can and will offer the tour they had planned to local residents on Saturday August 7.

It will chart the story of the war as it affected the city. From the threat of nightly bombing raids, and the loss of loved ones in far off lands and the shelter provided to bombed out schoolchildren from Portsmouth and Southampton, the guides will set the scene in wartime Winchester on their walk around the city.

They will be passing places where Winchester’s men and women made their contribution to the war effort not least the design and production of the iconic Spitfire and where allied armies were billeted and trained for the invasion of Europe.

Patrick and Colin will be aided in their journey by four Wintonians who as schoolchildren grew up in wartime Winchester and will be providing first hand accounts of events that happened, both tragic and triumphant.

This photograph shows three of them, Tony Dowland, Phil Yates and Eric Best standing in front of Northgate House in Jewry Street, once the regional HQ for the Royal Observer Corps.

The tour will end with an account of the celebrations that took place around the city on VE Day and afterwards.

Tickets for the tour priced at £7 can be purchased from the Visitors Information Centre in the Broadway or online at