VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Like many councils across the country we have been forced to cancel the celebrations we had previously planned to mark this special occasion.

However, we are still encouraging our communities to celebrate, by partying at home!

We’ve put together some ideas below to help your celebration go with a swing.

On the Day

With members of the public unable to attend VE Day 75 events, The Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity, including:

  • A live VE Day 75 livestream at 11.15am
  • National moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, including a Two-Minute Silence
  • A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again at 9pm
  • A VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years
  • An evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 8pm on BBC One

VE Day in North East Derbyshire #VEDAYNED

We’d love it if you could share your VE Day 75th anniversary pictures/videos with us. Maybe you are planning a picnic in your garden, a 1940s singalong on your doorstep or will be recreating some wartime dishes in your kitchen.

We’d also like to see any old photos from communities in NE Derbyshire celebrating VE Day 75 years ago.

Have you got any snaps of a street party in Shirland?, community celebrations in Clay Cross? or a family fun day in Dronfield?

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Useful websites - Includes information about how you can still mark the occasion from home, such as taking part in the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2 at 3pm on 8 May.

BBC – The Beeb has special tributes and musical celebrations planned to mark VE Day. There’s also lots of historical information about WW2 on the BBC World Service.

BBC Bitesize - Children can find out how WW2 changed the world and history using this educational resource.

Imperial War Museum, London – Although currently closed, the IWM website has lots of information about WW2, including how Churchill led Britain to victory and rare colour photos from this period.

Dronfield Arts Festival – Visit the ‘home party’ page for ideas on how to make your celebrations go with a swing at home.

The Reader’s Digest - Ten thrifty wartime dishes to try. Anyone for Lord Woolton pie?

The 1940s Experiment – Frugal wartime recipes to see you through challenging times. Can you stomach homemade wartime dripping?!