Celebrating VE Day


Newbury Town Council would like to express thanks and gratitude to the generation who lived through World War II, for the sacrifices they made, their strength and resilience during very challenging times.

Plans for a commemorative event have had to be changed due to the current crisis and we urge everyone to Stay at Home and Stay Safe. Instead, we are encouraging everyone stand at their front doors at 3pm on 8th May to take part in the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the War, raising a glass to pay tribute to the millions. “For those that gave so much. We thank you”.

We are also urging the community to observe a two minutes silence at 11am.

Red, white and blue decorations would help give more atmosphere to the occasion and we are asking homes to decorate their space using bunting, balloons, Union Flags (or make your own), to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Our Town Crier, Brian Sylvester, will also be delivering the ‘Cry for Peace Around The World’ via video which will be available to view on Newbury Town Council social media and website on the 8th May.

Cllr Elizabeth O’Keeffe, Mayor of Newbury said, “I am very sorry that after all the planning by so many charities and organisations, the 75th VE Day celebrations have been cancelled. We too can exhibit the resourcefulness of those who went through World War Two.

For one brief day, we can try and forget Coronavirus and rejoice in how they must have felt when they heard the War was over.

She continued, “I urge everyone to observe national unity by participating in the 2 minutes silence at 11am and afterwards, no doubt enjoying family and socially distanced neighbour initiatives to again join the Nation’s Toast at 3pm. I will be doing so and thinking of everyone.”

Chairperson of the VE Day Commemoration Working Group, Cllr Jo Day, said “We are all getting used to changing our plans and adapting to the lockdown so I hope we can get behind this initiative and do due justice to this significant anniversary. Let us remember those who lived through much worse than most of us can imagine and be grateful to them all.”

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