VE Day Celebrations

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Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when the guns fell silent marking the end of the Second World War in Europe.

However, due to the national lockdown and social distancing measures, these celebrations will now have to be quite different than originally planned.

We'd love our residents to take part by joining in the celebrations in their homes and gardens, while at the same time keeping everyone safe.

We have gathered a range of ideas and resources you can all use to help make the most of this special day and pay tribute to those men and women who sacrificed so much for us. These include:

  • Holding a picnic in your home - Use 1940s inspired recipes, including Spam Hash, Homity Pie and finish it off with Prue Leith's VE Day inspired Muscovado Flapjacks recipe. All recipes are available on the VE Day 75 website.
  • A two-minute silence of remembrance at 11am.
  • Hold a community singalong of wartime favourites.
  • Print and cut out some bunting - download the bunting from the VE Day site and hang it in your window, plus many more things to do.
  • Play some 1940s classic children's games, such as Hopscotch or make your own skittles out of old baked bean or tomato tins (all in your own home)
  • Join in the nation's toast at 3pm and raise a glass, with the toast: "To those who gave so much, we thank you".
  • Do a VE Day themed word search
  • Watch the Queen's speech at 9pm
  • Join in the national singalong at 9pm to Dame Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again". Open your doors to the outside world and join in. 

Tell us what you're doing!

We want to hear what you are doing on 8th May. Share your photos on Twitter @BassetlawDC and on Facebook BassetlawDC using the hashtag #VEDayBassetlaw.



What else is happening?

BBC VE Day 75 programmes

There will be dedicated programming across the tv, radio and BBC iPlayer to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. Including leading the two minute silence at 11am, Sir Winston Churchill's victory speech from 75 years ago, from the moment peace in Europe was announced and a musical celebration in partnership with the Royal British Legion.

Prince Charles reading

Prince Charles will read an extract from his grandfather King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945.

Special reflection and prayer

The Archbishop of Canterbury marking the occasion with a recorded special reflection and moment of prayer.


Last Updated on Monday, June 1, 2020