Thank you for joining Sudbury Town Council's virtual VE Day 75 celebrations on Friday 8th May 2020. You can watch the online broadcast below:
The Last Post followed by two minutes silence
The Mayor, Robert Spivey – Tribute to the Millions
Raise a glass from home for The Nations Toast to the Heroes of World War II
Town Crier, Robert Drawbridge –
A Cry for Peace Around the World
Town Piper Tricia Drawbridge –
The Piping of “Battle’s O’er” and “VE 75 Years”
When VE (Victory in Europe) Day dawns on the 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. On VE Day in 1945, after nearly 6 years of carnage and destruction, millions of people took to the streets to celebrate peace and mourn their loved ones, but also not forget those still in conflict.
On the 8th May 1945, the Prime Minister spoke to the nation on the radio, announcing the end of the war in Europe and later that day addressed the crowds of people from the balcony of the Ministry of Health in Whitehall. To read about and hear some of that speech click here.
Friday 8th May had been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday to enable as many people to join in the VE Day 75 celebrations. It was to be an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to celebrate as people did 75 years ago, peace in Europe.
Unfortunately, following the announcement made by HM Government on the 16th April 2020, the Coronavirus lockdown was extended by at least a further three weeks. Sadly this means that community events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day on Friday 8th May can no longer go ahead as originally planned, which obviously is a great disappointment. However, we still feel some aspects of this important anniversary could still take place on the 8th May and we are inviting you to join us from the safety of your home for a virtual ceremony of gratitude and celebration to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day
Prayers to mark VE Day
As it is not possible to currently meet in church, for those of you who would like to mark this occasion with a prayer, the Rev Canon Cheryl Collins - Rector: Sudbury, St. Gregory with St. Peter & Chilton & PiC: Sudbury, All Saints with Ballingdon & Brundon has very kindly provided appropriate prayers relating to VE Day and the current COVID-19 situation. To view a copy of prayers click here
VE Day 75 and virtual celebrations
Get your house ready for VE Day: Decorate your own VE Day Bunting!
During WWII households across Britain were encouraged to 'make do and mend'. In homage to our nation's resourcefulness in times of crisis, we're inviting you to get crafty and with recycled materials to get in the VE Day spirit from home! Click here for bunting template and guides from BBC Local Radio's Great British Bunting Campaign
Or download and decorate our bunting templates below for some Sudbury style!
Click the bunting you want from the images below, download and print. Then colour, cut, decorate and generally get crafty...
Don't forget to share your creations with us and use tag #SudburyBunting to appear in the gallery: