VE day celebrations

VE Day celebrations! Please see the below information that is being shared across the counties in relation to VE Day celebrations; Firstly, we recognise the importance of VE Day and appreciate that many will want to celebrate this very important date with others, however current Government guidelines state that social distancing rules must be strictly maintained to ensure the safety of each other. Please bear in mind that our Emergency Services are working hard to support the health service, so having to divert resources to attend gatherings such as street parties etc. would put an additional strain on these services. Therefore the emergency service, and other agencies, will not be providing support for VE Day events. • Residents are being urged to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from the safety of their homes; • As a result of national government guidance on social distancing, most events planned to mark 75 years since the end of World War Two on Friday May 8 have been cancelled; • Residents are still being encouraged to celebrate the occasion in their homes by displaying posters, bunting and hosting tea parties with a war time menu while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines; • People across the nation are being asked by local BBC radio stations to take part in the 'Great British Bunting' by creating their very own VE Day 75 bunting and displaying it in their windows during the period from Friday May 8 to Sunday May 10; • For those wanting to host their own tea party within their home, a range of different recipes from the 1940s and a music playlist are available from the national VE Day 75 campaign; • Residents can also get involved with national events which includes a two-minute silence at 11am, the 'Nations Toast to the Heroes of World War 2' at 3pm and a televised address from The Queen at 9pm. The pre-recorded address by The Queen will be followed by a national sing-along of the wartime favourite Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again; • The 'Nations' Toast to the Heroes of World War 2' will take place at 3pm and people can take part by standing at home and raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertaking the following toast – "To those who gave so much, we thank you"; • By taking these steps and adopting this approach to VE Day Celebrations people will be helping to ensure that our emergency services can be focused and prioritised on alleviating pressure on public services during this pandemic where it is most needed • For more information about celebrating VE Day at home visit your local council website; • Share your views, pictures and more on Twitter with the hashtag #VEDay75. • More detail on the Governments approach to the VE celebrations is available through this link

Posted: Mon, 04 May 2020 08:06 by Helen Denton-Stacey

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