Next Friday is a special bank holiday as the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

We may not be able to have a village celebration together but it would be lovely if you could decorate your windows, doors and front garden’s in red, white and blue. Or if you have any put some Union Jack bunting up. 

Please pass on to friends and neighbours 🙂

Here is a short running order for the events nationally on the day …

Friday 8th May is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. The end of WW2 in Europe.

Many celebrations/ commemorations had been planned across the Country. Understandably, due to the current Lockdown these have all been cancelled. We have however a plan in accordance the rest of the Nation to mark this very important anniversary. 

Firstly, we invite you to place a decoration of redwhite and blue in your window, in a show of unity, remembrance and respect.

The following timetable of events can I believe be followed on National Television but can be marked in whichever way you prefer.

11.00., We invite all generations to join us in a National moment of reflection and remembrance, as we pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War Generation and in these difficult times also reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the World. There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

We hope that this simple act will show the members of that generation and those with contemporary roles that live within all our communities that we honour and respect them even during this time of National crisis.

In this significant anniversary year, and at this very unsettled time, it would be a poignant symbol of hope and solidarity to all members of our community to see us visibly acknowledging the contribution of a generation to whom we owe so much and will act as a timely reminder to those of our comrades who may need our collective support that they are not alone.

15.00 On 8 May 1945 the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that the War in Europe was over. We therefore invite you all to raise a glass (doesn’t have to be alcohol) and take part in the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2. It will be a chance for people to remember the sacrifice of those who died or were wounded.

21.00 The Queen will commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a televised address to the nation.

The Monarch’s address will be broadcast on the BBC at 21:00 – the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address to the Nation 75 years ago.

Thank you all for helping us to celebrate and commemorate this very important Anniversary.