VE Day: Salisbury encouraged to celebrate at home

VE Day: Salisbury encouraged to celebrate at home

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:30am 2nd May 2020. (Updated at 8:29am 2nd May 2020)

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Next Friday (8th May) marks 75 years since the end of World War Two, with plans in place for us to mark the occasion.

We might be in lockdown, but the day's still a Bank Holiday, and Salisbury City Council is inviting us to get involved from home.

They've launched a Stay At Home VE Celebration, with a bit of help from Spire FM.

There's a few suggestions of how we could celebrate: 

  • Decorate our homes with red, white and blue 
  • Have a picnic at home or in the garden
  • Take part in the 'Nation's toast to the World War Two heroes' at 3.00pm
  • Listen to Spire FM between 2.00 and 4.00pm for our special VE Day party tunes
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The VE Day Bank Holiday is a chance to reflect on the ending of the Second World War and a return to peacetime

We are, of course, asked to maintain social distancing while celebrating the day and paying tribute to those who gave so much for the country 75 years ago.

There's more on the day, and how Spire FM will be marking it on our website.

Wiltshire Council has also put together a downloadable pack to arrange your own 'at home' VE Day celebrations. 

The pack includes things like sing-a-long lyrics, food and drink recipes we could try and even a 1940s themed quiz!

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, said: 

"The 8th of May 1945 is a significant moment in history and despite the current situation we wanted to help people mark it and celebrate it while still ensuring social distancing measures are maintained. 

"The pack contains something for the whole family and we hope it provides a little distraction from what we're all going through at the moment, which has seen communities up and down the county evoke that wartime spirit and determination. 

"While we know that this year's celebrations won't be the same as any other we hope people will decorate their homes red, white and blue and enjoy the day together as a household.

"Of course the most important thing is that the day will provide an opportunity for us all to reflect and to thank and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who fought so hard to make that moment in 1945 possible - we owe them so much."  

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