It was almost impossible for anyone living in Brighton during the Second World War to avoid the war. Brighton was not bombed as badly as Portsmouth, Coventry and many other towns; but it suffered from 'tip and run' raids as it was very close to German air bases in Northern France. There were fifty six air raids, although the sirens sounded the alert 1,058 times. One hundred and ninety eight Brightonians lost their lives in air raids. The last was on 22 march 1944. After the war, street parties dominated.