VE Day celebrations continue in Telford & Wrekin
The 8 May marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Telford & Wrekin Council has decided to continue with celebrations locally despite the current lockdown but they will now be virtual.
The 75th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through a dark and terrifying period in our history. This is even more important during the current global situation to celebrate our heroes and bring the community together in times of hardship and worry.
VE Day is when Victory was declared in Europe and the nation will be planning to mark the occasion. During this unprecedented time public events are not possible and so Telford & Wrekin Council are developing a 'virtual celebration' encouraging communities to engage in a range of activities that they can organise from their homes and gardens, staying safe, protecting others, but joining in. At this very strange and testing time, community resilience is clear everywhere we look and we hope to harness that community spirit for a very special bank holiday Telford style celebration on Friday 8th May.
In 1945 street parties were held and people danced in the streets. Why not hold a virtual online family get together or celebrate with neighbours on your front lawn or over fences in your back gardens. We are inviting families and isolated groups to get creative and make some celebratory decorations for the day - bunting, flags, poppies and other items that capture the theme of the 1940s peace time victory and send us photos of your creations and party decorations to share with others. Decorate your homes inside and out, share photos of tea and cake, dance and tell stories.
Residents are encouraged to sit down for an afternoon tea from their homes at 12pm on 8 May with the knowledge that many others locally will be doing the same. We want to encourage people at 12pm to show their appreciation by ringing bells, banging drums or saucepans or anything else you can get your hands on outside their front doors, in their gardens or from inside their homes with windows open for 1 minute.
There will be a schedule of things happening throughout the day that people can get involved with virtually and from their homes including information from the Telford & Wrekin Council libraries team who will be pulling together some archive material from the WW2 period to share online.
We will be asking residents to share their family photos, memorabilia and stories with us so we can share with others and also create a local gallery of memories.
Cllr Eileen Callear Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries and Culture said ‘It’s fantastic than we are still able to help the community celebrate and bring some positivity to the borough during this difficult time’
‘Plans have had to be changed but I encourage everyone to get involved and use this date as something to look forward to and an occasion to share with your family and friends all be it from a distance’
‘2020 will be a year that we will never forget and just like in 1945 Britain is able to show its strength and resolve in the face of adversity, remembering the heroes of WW2 and the pride and relief of peace’.
We encourage everyone to share information with as many people as you can so everyone can get involved during the build-up and on the day.