Celebrate VE Day at home

Stockport Council is calling for local residents and businesses to get involved with this year’s VE Day (#VEDay75) celebrations while adhering to social distancing guidance.

The weekend of May 8th – 10th is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day), marking 75 years since the end of the Second World War. This year, the government moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made. 
Cllr Tom McGee, Deputy Leader for Stockport Council, said: “In Stockport there will be a range of activities local residents can get involved with to help the Borough celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day - whilst adhering to social distancing measures.

“Stockport Town Hall will be lit in red, white and blue to honour the service of the Second World War generation. Let’s take the time this weekend to remember all those people who sacrificed so much for our future.”

In Stockport, The Heritage Library will be dressing up the shop window for people on their daily walk, as well as hosting a VE Day quiz and providing a VE colouring sheet and a book list of VE related titles available via Borrowbox. They’ll also be asking for your lockdown VE day virtual party stories and photos which will be archived for future generations to read. You can find out more here: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/topic/stockport-heritage-library.

Stockport Museum services have also prepared a short film of the Roll of Honour at the War Memorial Art Gallery so that people can make a virtual visit to pay their respect and remember the fallen during lockdown here.

To commemorate VE75 and as mark of respect, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery and Stockport Air Raid Shelters have installed ‘Tommie’s in the window’, these are silhouettes of soldiers that can be seen by passers-by on the A6 and Chestergate.

In partnership with the Heritage Library Service, Stockport Museums will also be releasing a short slideshow of archive images highlighting how VE Day was celebrated in Stockport in 1945 and Stockport Air Raid Shelters have also launched a web version of their audio tour guide which you can listen to here.

Nationally there are also a wide range of digital resources for use on social media channels which can be used by schools, colleges and early years settings for them to use in the run up to VE Day: 

• Nationally there is a call for people to share their stories by posting photos and stories of their families’ connection to WW2 on social media using #VEDay75.   
• A - Z graphics: shared on Instagram (@dcmsgovuk) with information about VE Day and the end of the Second World War. 
• A national toolkit has been developed and shows how people can get involved in marking #VEDay75. This includes tips for hosting a tea party at home, colouring, bunting, creative challenge for children and more: https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/plan-your-ve-day-party/.

The Royal British Legion has also organised a programme of activities include a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, and activity packs for individuals and families. VE Day Learning Pack - Available on The Royal British Legion website page alongside a VE Day 75 activity pack produced by the National Memorial Arboretum.

• Royal British Legion Schedule - Two Minute Silence at 11am on Friday 8 May followed by:
11:15 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream
20:00 – VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
21:00 – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ Singalong