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Residents encouraged to celebrate VE Day at home

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Residents in Charnwood are being urged to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from the safety of their homes.
 
In line with national government guidance, the borough council cancelled its programme of events planned to mark 75 years since the end of war in Europe on Friday May 8.  Many other events across the borough also had to be cancelled.
 
However, residents are still being encouraged to celebrate the occasion in their homes by displaying posters, bunting and hosting tea parties with a war time menu while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.
 
Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion said: “Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic and in line with national guidance, we cancelled our programme of events to mark the occasion.
 
“Although it’s disappointing that we are unable to come together to pay tribute to the Second World War generation, it’s important for us to stay at home to ensure everyone’s safety.
 
 “We know residents will still commemorate the occasion from the comfort of their homes and there are lots of resources available online to help people mark the anniversary. I would encourage everyone to get involved by joining the two minutes silence at 11am and hosting their own tea party in the safety of their own home while displaying bunting and posters.”
 
The Council has collated a range of information and resources from national campaigns to help residents celebrate from home and will be sharing updates across its social media channels on the day.
 
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 between Friday May 8 and Sunday May 10.
 
For those wanting to host their own tea party in their home, a range of different recipes from the 1940s and a music playlist are available from the national VE Day 75 campaign.
 
Residents can also get involved with national events which includes a two-minute silence at 11am, the ‘Nations Toast to the Heroes of World War 2’ at 3pm and a televised address from The Queen at 9pm. The pre-recorded address by The Queen will be followed by a national sing-along of the wartime favourite Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again.
 
The ‘Nations’ Toast to the Heroes of World War 2’  will take place at 3pm 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.”
 
The Council is keen to gather and share photos, video, stories and artwork of residents celebrating VE Day from their home to help capture the occasion. People can tag the Council in their celebrations on Twitter @CharnwoodBC or Facebook: www.facebook.com/charnwoodbc
 
For more information about celebrating VE Day at home visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/VEDay75