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75th anniversary of VE Day


Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day). After six years of the Second World War, Winston Churchill announced Germany’s surrender at 3pm marking the end of the war in Europe.
 
Join us as we both pay tribute to the servicemen and women who served in the war and celebrate this historic anniversary, just as they did in 1945.
 
Dance for Victory
After Winston Churchill’s announcement, people across the UK celebrated, taking to the streets to dance and sing.
 
During the UK lockdown we are hoping to capture this spirit of celebration whilst staying at home and dancing for victory!  Simply follow our simple online tutorial of a wartime inspired dance routine you can learn and perform at home.
 
UK singalong to Vera Lynn
Join thousands of people across the UK in a national moment of celebration and thanksgiving by singing wartime favourite “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn at 9pm on Friday 8th May.
 
For the full lyrics click here or you can watch BBC One’s VE Day broadcast which will feature a singalong.
VE Day Party on Queen Street,
Dukinfield
Street Party
Street party on Hope Street/Russell Street, Ashton Under Lyne
Host a tea party at home
On VE Day in 1945, people joined their neighbours for street parties to celebrate the end of the war. With social distancing measures in place, you can have a tea party at home while still protecting the NHS and saving lives.
 
Here are some wartime inspired recipes and a VE day inspired playlist to set the mood.
 
Decorate your home with bunting
Bring out the bunting or make your own to hang in your windows or garden to celebrate and give some joy to passers-by during their exercise allowance.
If you’ve not got bunting, here’s a quick craft activity to make some.

Annie Little who served in the
W.R.A.F during WWII

Group photograph of Reme No.3
Northern Command Workshop
Corp Thomas Davies,
Manchester Regiment Territorial Army.
    
Share a wartime family photo
Do you have a treasured family wartime photograph you would be happy to share? Post it on social media, telling us why it is special to you, using the hashtag #TamesideVE75
 
Share on social media
Whatever you chose to do make sure you share it with us using the hashtag #TamesideVE75.
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