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VE Day celebrations

Stroud Town Council is encouraging people to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday and remember those who have sacrificed their lives.

"We know that many people in Stroud, who were planning special events and celebrations over the coming weekend to commemorate VE day, will be feeling disappointed that these cannot now go ahead under the current restrictions," said Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.

"There are however lots of ways to mark the occasion safely and sensibly, without putting yourself and others at risk."

A number of events are scheduled throughout the day which you can join in at home:

• 11am – 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 people across the world.

• 11.15am – the Royal British Legion are presenting a livestream during which they will be sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-75-livestream

• 3pm – people across the country will join in with the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2'. At the appropriate time stand up and raise a glass will reciting the 'Toast': "To those who gave so much, we thank you."

• 6.55pm International Cry for Peace Around the World. Starting off in New Zealand Town Criers and other people across the world will perform a special commemorative Cry. The Mayor Kevin Cranston will perform the Cry in Stroud, but anyone can join in at home. Watch online on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StroudTownCouncil/ .

• 8pm – an evening of memories and music on BBC One, including a pre-recorded address to the nation by the Queen.

• 9pm – a UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong

Many other organisations are getting involved and offering activities that can be enjoyed at home:

• A VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years which can be downloaded from The Royal British Legion website. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance

• BBC Local Radio have launched an initiative on making your own VE Day Great British Bunting. Download everything you need at www.bbc.co.uk/makeadifference.

• English Heritage are offering a special VE Day 75 pack which includes tips for dancing Lindy Hop style, a selection of tasty recipes and a playlist of popular 1940s songs to sing along too. They have a Lindy Hop dance tutorial at 12pm and you can join in with a a Lindy Hop dance troupe and band at 5pm. More information at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/ve-day/

"On behalf of the Town Council we hope you will join in with this unique opportunity 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," said Mayor Cranston.

Posted: Tue, 05 May 2020 11:48 by Admin team

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