VE Day - 8 May 2020

Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

This year, the government has moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember and give thanks to the Second World War generation. 

When Victory in Europe was announced, people in towns, cities and villages strung up Union Flag bunting and held street parties. A national holiday was declared and pubs opened late into the night. Now, 75 years later, we are faced with a very different celebration.  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and government guidance, public commemorations have been cancelled nationwide - instead, residents are being invited to mark the occasion from the safety of their home. 

A new website, https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/ has resources and ideas on how peple can take part in the commemorations at home, such as holding their own tea party as well as colouring, bunting and creative challenges for children. The website also has a wide variety of information available to teach young ones the importance of VE Day. 

Residents are encouraged to share their plans, photos and stories on the council's social media channels (search @UttlesfordDC) using the hashtag #VEDay75

Remember #StayAtHomeSaveLives.

30 April 2020