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Celebrate VE Day’s 75th anniversary at home

a picture of union jack bunting to celebrate VE days 75th anniversary

What’s the Idea?

Celebrate VE day’s 75th Anniversary this bank holiday Friday 8th May.

Here are some great tips and ideas for everyone to have a fun and festive day.

Don’t let the lock down dampen your spirit.

You can still enjoy all the celebrations at home.

What’s the story

We celebrate VE day’s 75th anniversary this Friday 8th May.

And it’s also the start of a bank holiday weekend.

Due to lockdown many of the planned events to celebrate VE day have been cancelled.

But this shouldn’t stop us from celebrating at home.

Plus paying our respects by marking this significant occasion!

Here’s a few ideas to help you celebrate in style-

  • Have a VE day picnic in your front garden
  • Or host a stay-a-home street party
  • You can decorate your home and learn the Lindy Lop dance
  • Have a wartime sing along
  • And finally watch Katherine Jenkins sing from the Royal Albert Hall

There is something for everyone.

People should do this because…?

Its a fun and uplifting way to bring communities together safely

And to honour and celebrate a significant event in history.

How do you do it?

Have a ‘Stay at Home Street Party’

If you have a front garden why not create a ‘Stay at Home’ street party?

Decorate your homes red, white and blue colours

Picnic with the neighbours (from a safe distance of course).

The suggested timetable is:

11am – 2 minutes silence on your doorstep

3pm – Churchill speech shown on BBC. Grab your picnic and head to the front garden

4pm – Tea & scones

6pm – Dinner and raise your glass to your neighbours.

9pm – Nationwide sing-along to ‘We’ll meet again’ with Royal British legion after the Queen’s address

Watch Katherine Jenkins sing behind closed doors at the Royal Albert Hall at 6pm

To celebrate VE day, the Welsh singer will stream a pre-recorded 30-minute show. This is in aid of charity and to boost morale

This will be in an empty auditorium streaming on the Royal Albert Hall’s official YouTube channel on Friday 8 May at 6pm.

She will sing wartime classics by Dame Vera Lynn, including The White Cliffs Of Dover and We’ll Meet Again.

Katherine Jenkins said “I love the idea that we’re making history – it’s the first time in its 150 years that anything like this has ever happened…”

The VE Day 75 concert was originally to be performed to an audience

But this has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Create a perfect playlist to celebrate VE day

Party planner Emily Andrew of Emily Andrew Events suggests creating a playlist.

This could include wartime classics that your everyone can sing along to

Songs such as Dame Vera Lynn’s “There’ll be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover”.

For more information on how to create a playlist click here.

Learn the Lindy Hop dance

English Heritage has put together some basic instructions to help you find your feet.

Or you can watch a YouTube video tutorial by clicking here.

Cook a 1945’s style meal

Why not celebrate VE day with some real wartime recipes?

English Heritage has put together some ideas to try.

Dishes include corned beef hash, potato, cheese and onion homity pie, and scones

If you don’t fancy cooking, check the local restaurants in your area.

Try takeaways or delivery themed meals.

Visit the Imperial War Museum Online

The Imperial War Museum is inviting people to ‘visit’ from home.

You can do this by listening to a soundscape it has created to commemorate VE Day.

It will be available to listen to at iwm.org.uk/history/victory on Friday, May 8.

Host a World War Trivia Quiz online with family or friends

You can find a good example of a World War II quiz here.

For information on how to set up a Zoom account to host the quiz click here.

  • Ideas to help explain VE day to children click here
  • A summary of WW2 click here
  • Make your own bunting ideas from Baker Ross click here
  • VE day craft ideas including how to make bunting, a spitfire glider, colouring pages and more look at The British School.co.uk
Stuff you may need

Computer, laptop, tablet, TV

Depending on what you choose to take part in you may need items for a picnic, colour pens, paper and a printer!

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Links to other articles on the web

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/ve-day-celebrations-lockdown-ways-18178854

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52536415

https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-05-05/katherine-jenkins-to-perform-behind-closed-doors-at-royal-albert-hall-for-ve-day/

VE Day 2020 school ideas for parents who are homeschooling

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