75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day celebrations adjusted because of coronavirus lockdown in the UK

21.04.2020
Screenshot of the VEDay75 website with poppy and dates

The traditional events used to mark Victory in Europe Day anniversaries have had to be cancelled or adapted in order to prevent further spread of Covid-19. 

But organisers have found new ways to celebrate VE Day this year on 8th May. The VE75 website had already been created, and they still recommend that “solo pipers and town criers mark the occasion from a safe and suitable location”.

They also advise:

“You could take part in celebrations safely from home by joining your BBC Local Radio station initiative in making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at bbc.co.uk/makeadifference

Locally, there will be a virtual Service by RBL Padre Jonathan Knight live on radio, 105 Cambridge, along with the Mayor of Cambridge and the Mayor of Heidelberg in Germany, with Pipes and music at 14:55 on 8th May. There will also be a short speech from the Bishop of Peterborough at 15:00 on 8th May. (Thank you to the Armed Forces Covenant Development Officer for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for sending this through.)

And there are many more ways to still support VE75: 

SSAFA Art Competition: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/news-articles/ve-day-75-art-competition

Whitby virtual VE Day  celebrations – https://www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/news/local-news/3083898/whitby-to-do-virtual-ve75-day-celebrations/

RBL VE Day Singalong – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong

RBL VE Day Message Board – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/march-poppy-press/leave-your-ve-day-message

Imperial War Museum – Asking people to follow and share VE Day stories from their collection – https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-you-need-to-know-about-ve-day

Celebrate VE Day at home with English Heritage – https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/ve-day/

May Day is traditionally held on a Monday but was put back to Friday 8th May; this has only happened once before and it was to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day. There will be special TV broadcasts on the afternoon and evening of the Friday. 

Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE will perform in an empty Royal Albert Hall in a special half-hour concert that will be streamed to audiences for free via YouTube

All the latest updates, including interviews of people liberated from concentration camps on VE Day, more stories about how people are commemorating VE Day in our local communities and information on national initiatives – they are all found by searching #VEDay75 or by following @VEday75official on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram



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