VE Day celebrations with a difference will take place across Yorkshire this Friday (8 May 2020) as people join together to mark the 75th anniversary from home.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, real-life community celebrations have been replaced by virtual ones with organisations such as the Royal British Legion (RBL) and SSAFA offering on-line so people can get involved.
With street events cancelled, many people will be having mini ‘garden’ parties at home with lots of resources available online to help with decorations, entertainment and food ideas.
The RBL’s programme kicks off at 11am, while the VE Day 75 organisation is suggesting a national toast to the Heroes of World War Two at 3pm. Entertainment continues into the evening on BBC One.
VE Day Events
11am – Two Minute Silence
11.15am – 12 noon – RBL’s Livestream
3pm – Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War Two
8pm to 9.10pm – Watch VE Day 75: A musical celebration, BBC One
9pm – ‘We’ll Meet Again’ singalong, BBC One
The RFCA has checked out some of the resources available online to compile a toolkit of resources for the day that spans ideas for making your own home or garden party, learning activities, craft projects, entertainment and food.
Garden party toolkit
Cadets! Wear your uniform and make yourselves the guest of honour. Send us your pics or tag us on social media and we’ll give you a shout-out.
How to guides:
Watch Doncaster’s very own Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson demonstrate the art of bunting-making – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=736738796864494
For a complete guide to bunting making including template, instructions and video visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4TrqYDyf4PMdLypxzyTwGDg/great-british-bunting
Food and recipes
Ideas for 1940s-themed food and entertainment
RBL VE Day Singalong – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong
Learn how to dance 1940’s style with English Heritage – https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/ve-day/
Dance for VE Day Spotify Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1dZpIFDi3D9ENOhEy86GIM
Learn the key facts about VE Day from the Imperial War Museum https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-you-need-to-know-about-ve-day
Family-friendly activities and support aimed at 7-14 year olds from the RBL. https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/teaching-remembrance
Adventures in History: Cakes made from carrots:
Check out the Imperial War Museum’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3uAjWoLZ4bSi6qI9SjALxA) for interesting talks about:
WW2 Advertising – The truth behind the famous Keep Calm and Carry On poster
WW2 Rationing – Adventures in History: Cakes made from carrots!
The role of animals in WW2 – Adventures in History: Amazing animals
Dan Snow’s VE Day Challenge – think about how YOU would tell the story of VE Day today and send your ideas in by 6th May. Click for more information and some inspiration on what to create –
VE Day 75 art competition. Create a piece of art inspired by VE day to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Send in your entries by 10am on 7th May –
Watch Yorkshire film Archive’s short compilation video of the VE day celebrations filmed across the region in 1945 – http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/news/they-sang-and-danced-all-night
Download the Sea Cadets celebration pack – https://www.sea-cadets.org/userfiles/files/2019/SC%20VE%20Day%20Pack%20v4.pdf