Dorset urged to mark VE Day safely at home

Dorset urged to mark VE Day safely at home

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:08am 8th May 2020. (Updated at 11:06am 8th May 2020)

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the day the Allies accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945, and remembers the heroes of World War 2.

The weather may be good, but there are calls  for us to still stay at home to show our support for armed forces veterans and current service personnel.

Mrs Moore, 96, from Weymouth worked to decode the Enigma Cipher during the war.

She says she couldn't be in London for VE Day in 1945.

"I wish I'd been there, I wanted to be there.

"When the war ended and there was gaeity and people dancing in Leicester Square, I wasn't.

"I remember the war ending and I think when this COVID ends then we'll all have to dance round the maypole then."

'Suggestions on how to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day'

  • Prince Charles will lead the nation in a two-minute silence at 11 this morning to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
  • Before that, the Red Arrows are due to fly over London, with other RAF aircraft appearing above Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. 
  • At 9 o'clock tonight, the Queen will address the nation in a televised message.
  • That's the same time her father, King George the Sixth, gave a speech over the radio three-quarters of a century ago.
VE day at home

'Get dressed 1940's style'

Weymouth Town Council are asking us to go vintage and get dressed up for the occasion.

They suggest putting up bunting, wearing vintage dresses and braces and making yourself a cuppa in true 1940's style.

There were plans for a three day event to mark the occasion on the seafront but they've been cancelled due to the pandemic.

It's now hoped there will be a combined event to also mark with VJ Day in August.