This Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) marks 75 years since the guns fell silent on the Second World War in Europe.
Due to the coronavirus, residents are being urged to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from the safety of their homes.
In line with national government guidance on social distancing and for our residents' safety, our public events planned to mark the 75th anniversary on 8 May have been cancelled.
However, we would still like to commemorate the event and say thank you to those who fought for us. We have organised a VIRTUAL CELEBRATION instead that will feature a number of online activities.
On Friday 8 May, keep your eyes on our social media pages as we host a range of activities that the whole family can take part in, featuring everything from arts and crafts and cooking recipes to try, there will be something for everyone.
10.00 a.m. | Video Message from Leader of the Council, Cllr John Boyce (Link to YouTube)
10.55 a.m. | Flag Raising - by Anne Court, Chief Executive of Oadby & Wigston Borough Council (Link to YouTube)
11.00 a.m. | Two Minute Silence
3.00 p.m. | Nations Toast – Toast VE Day from Your Own Home
4.00 p.m. | Sing-a-Long Tribute - We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn (Link to YouTube)
8.00 p.m. | Beacon of Hope - Lighting of a Virtual Beacon
9.00 p.m. | HM The Queen's VE Day 2020 Address (Link to YouTube)
We hope you will join us to say thank you to to all those who made sacrifices during World War II safely from your own homes.
Get creative and make your own:
- VE Day Bunting (PDF Document, 257.45 Kb)
- VE Day Flag (PDF Document, 271.91 Kb)
- VE Day Medal (PDF Document, 242.62 Kb)
Try your hand at some war-time recipes:
- Wartime Loaf (PDF Document, 505.9 Kb)
- Cream of Parsnip Soup (PDF Document, 388.08 Kb)
- Cheese, Tomato and Potato Loaf/Pie (PDF Document, 469.09 Kb)
- Glory Buns (PDF Document, 415.45 Kb)
- Lord Woolton Pie (PDF Document, 419.63 Kb)
- Pear Crumble (PDF Document, 386.65 Kb)
How You Can Celebrate at Home
- People across the nation are being asked by local BBC radio stations to take part in the ‘Great British Bunting’ by creating their very own VE Day 75 bunting and displaying it in their windows during the period from Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10.
- The ‘Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2’ will take place at 3:00 pm and people can take part by standing at home and raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertaking the following toast – “To those who gave so much, we thank you!".
- Residents can also get involved with national events which includes a two-minute silence at 11.00 a.m. and a televised address from The Queen at 9.00 p.m.
- We’re also keen to gather photos, video, stories of people celebrating VE Day to form a digital time capsule to document this time in social history.
- Share your views, pictures and more on Facebook and Twitter etc. with the hashtag #VEDay75
For more information about the national celebrations and how you can get involved on the day, visit the official VE Day 75 website at www.veday75.org.
Last updated: Friday, 8 May 2020 8:18 pm