Friday 8th May 2020 will mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of fighting in Europe in the Second World War. May 8th 1945, was the date Britain and its Allies celebrated the defeat of the Nazi regime after Germany signed its unconditional surrender on May 7. Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared May 8 a public holiday and Victory in Europe (VE) Day was met with parties, dancing and singing in the streets. This year’s May Day Bank Holiday was switched from Monday May 4 to Friday May 8 to allow for a long weekend of 75th anniversary commemorations. Due to recent events, under lockdown and social distancing measures being put in place, it has made it a lot harder for us to celebrate and hold big events!
However, there are many ways you can pay your respects and mark the occasion at home. We have listed the full itinerary below and some fun ways to get involved!
VE Day: Nationwide Street Party at Home
Prepare for the day by decorating your house in red, white and blue.
11am – 2 Minutes silence on your doorstep
3pm – Churchill speech shown on BBC then grab your picnic blanket or garden table and head to your front garden
4pm – Tea & Scones (or coffee & cake)
6pm – Dinner and raise your glass to your neighbours
9pm – Nationwide sing-along to ‘We’ll meet again’ with Royal British Legion after Queen’s address
Please remember to follow the social distancing rules during the day!
Cook a 1945-Style meal
Food was rationed during the war so cooks had to get very inventive with their food recipies. The meat shortages meant things like Spam or corned beef hash had to become staple dishes and carrots were used to sweeten cakes and biscuits in place of sugar.
Learn the Lindy Hop
This American swing dance originated in New York in the 1920s and 1930s and became popular in wartime Britain thanks to the US servicemen stationed here. Please take a look at this video and get out your best moves at the party on Friday!
Whatever way you decide to celebrate, we hope you have the best time, stay safe and stay connected online with your families!