1 May, 2020

Council leader calls for safe VE Day celebrations in lockdown

Plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe on Friday 8 May have changed due to coronavirus.

This is in line with the latest medical and scientific advice from Public Health England and guidance on mass gatherings.

There are still lots of ways that people can get involved and show their support in marking the day from the safety of their homes.


  • The government has announced a revised VE Day events programme that will allow members of the public to remember and give thanks to the Second World War generation.
    This includes a national toast on Friday, 8 May at 3pm to mark 75 years since its end. Her Majesty The Queen will address the nation at 9pm followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. The public are encouraged to open their doors and join in with this national moment of celebration.
  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has developed a website with additional information on how people can take part. It includes a pack with ideas for homemade VE Day bunting, original recipes, games, and educational and creative activities for children.
  • The Royal British Legion is inviting people across the UK to join a 2-minute silence at 11am on Friday 8 May. Find out more at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75


Cllr Rick Everitt, Leader of the Council said:

“In a week’s time, 75 years after the end of the Second World War, we will acknowledge and honour the bravery of those who served and continue to serve our country.

“Even though we are in lockdown, there are lots of things that residents can do from home to mark the day and pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“If residents are organising a stay at home party, we urge them to be responsible, to maintain social distancing and to be considerate towards those living around them.”

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