Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day at home on Friday

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day at home on Friday

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:32pm 5th May 2020.

Break out the bunting, vintage dresses and braces, Weymouth Town Council are encouraging us to celebrate the 75th VE Day Anniversary in style this Friday.

1940's style, specifically.

We're being asked to decorate our homes and take up the 40's fashion to keep celebrations lively. 

Plans to host a major three day event for the anniversary on the beach have been called off due to the pandemic.

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Instead, plans are now underway for a combined VE & VJ day event on 15th-16th August.

"With the current restrictions in place, we are encouraging the community to apply the "make-do" spirit to remember the end of the Second World War in Europe in style. 

"We are asking residents to decorate their homes and gardens with bunting before the commemorations, for which they will be encouraged to dress in 1940's style clothes and have afternoon tea. 

"To keep things interesting, we will be asking people to share their celebrations online. We urge all residents to remember to stay safe and incorporate social distancing at all times during their celebrations."

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They're asking for tributes from local people and artists to be shared on the Weymouth Town Council Facebook page in the lead up to and on VE Day.

There's a programme of national events this Friday (8th May), which will include:

  • 11am:  The Royal British Legion is encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of remembrance, and pause for a two-minute silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
  • 3pm:  Raise a glass as part of the toast the heroes of the Second World War to coincide with the moment Winston Churchill addressed the nation.
  • 9pm: Her Majesty The Queen will address the nation, followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again'. The public will be encouraged to open their doors and join in with a national moment of celebration.