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VE DAY 75: Councils Urge Us to Celebrate at Home on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

VE DAY 75: Councils Urge Us to Celebrate at Home on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

Published by Matthew Pells at 3:39pm 5th May 2020. (Updated at 4:13pm 5th May 2020)

Councils across North Yorkshire are supporting the Royal British Legion message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home on Friday 8 May.

With people unable to attend celebratory events to mark the special anniversary and many off work for the bank holiday, local authorities are encouraging their communities to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the WW2 generation throughout the day at home.

Cllr Hazel Lynskey, Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough said:

“As we prepare to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, it’s a chance to celebrate the freedom we enjoy today thanks to those who gave so much during the war. We can also use the occasion to pay tribute to everyone working on the front line in the battle against coronavirus. Have fun preparing for your home celebration, embrace the ‘wartime’ spirit and don’t forget to observe social distancing and travel restrictions.”

Cllr Jim Clark, Chairman of North Yorkshire County Council, said:

“This anniversary is an opportunity to look forward as well as back, particularly given the situation in which we find ourselves today. Then, as now, it is about community spirit, which we can show through remembrance and thanksgiving and standing against hatred and prejudice and for building stronger communities. I encourage people to take time to reflect and to remember in their own way.”

The councils have pulled together some tips on how to ensure celebrations go with a swing and how to pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much in WW2:

    • Get crafty with homemade bunting and pictures to decorate your home
    • Get creative in the kitchen with VE Day-inspired retro snacks and baking treats
    • Encourage your children to get involved in your family activities and use the home schooling resources available to download from
    • Organise a virtual party by video link for your neighbours, family or friends.
    • Although street parties are not possible at the moment, if your street was planning one, you can still honour the occasion in your front garden or on your doorstep, as long as you observe social distancing guidelines
    • Remember that some of your neighbours may not be in a position to celebrate. They may be separated from family and friends, or may be bereaved, or feel intimated by noise. In the true spirit of WW2 communities, look out for the vulnerable, lonely and isolated. Include them or be respectful of their wishes if they don’t want to join in and mindful of how noise may impact on how they are feeling
    • Listen or watch the special VE Day anniversary address by Her Majesty The Queen at 9pm.
    • Take part in the national moment of remembrance and two minutes silence at 11.00am
    • Watch the Royal British Legion livestream from 11.15am at - hear stories and memories from those who served and made sacrifices during the war
    • Keep up to date with the day’s events on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live
    • Raise your glasses for the national toast at 3pm using the words “To those who gave so much, we thank you.” It’s an opportunity to toast the heroes of the war as well as all those making a difference today in the fight against coronavirus




There are 2 comments on this page.

zara, on 5th May 2020 8:10pm
VE day celebration is about just that, nothing to do with the current situation or the NHS workers and others who are doing a brilliant job but this is not about them.
JohnfromScarborough, on 6th May 2020 10:01am
I agree with Zara. WW2 and Covid are not really comparable and it is slightly disrespectful to war veterans to water down the focus like this.. Better to concentrate on the war this time and devote say the August bank holiday weekend to Covid - by that time hopefully some NHS workers should be able to participate if it was possible to hold any outdoor events.

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