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People waiting for the Peace Day Celebrations in The Crescent, Buxton, 1919

This photograph shows the crowd starting to assemble in the Crescent, Buxton, to mark the Peace Day celebrations of 19 July 1919. 'It was a most impressive and moving occasion as the people believed they had emerged triumphantly from a 'war that was to end war'. It is still often forgotten that the First World War did not officially end on 11th November 1918. The treaty negotiations at Versailles …