VE Day – 8th May 2020

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VE Day May 8 While we are aware there can be no major activities involving the public gathering for this, there are ways the country are planning to mark the milestone event. Bruno Peek, the National organiser for VE Day, says he is afraid that the terrible Coronavirus emergency and consequent Government guidance means that they must advise participants to cancel or postpone the majority of the VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8th – 10th May. It is right and proper that people should be kept safe and healthy, he says.

“My sincere thanks to everyone who registered their events and were looking forward to celebrating VE Day 75. I know how disappointed you will be that these cannot now go ahead as planned. However, we are still encouraging solo pipers and town criers to continue to mark the occasion from a safe and suitable location.”

We are also encouraging all those taking part to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of their own home by standing up and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity which will coincide with the BBC relaying on radio and TV the Victory speech made by Winston Churchill to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.

Additionally, 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

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