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VE Day 75!

Cheltenham Remembers has relaunched to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. This is our special page dedicated to the Second World War.

Check out our Facebook page for the latest news and updates!

DOWNLOAD our free VE Day Activity Pack including printable flags and bunting.

What can I do to celebrate VE Day at home on Friday 8th May?

 Join people across the UK in the Nation’s Toast

3pm on Friday May 8th Come to your front door and raise a glass or a cuppa and to toast the heroes of WW2. Live on radio and TV from 2:30pm. Paying ‘tribute’ by saying “To those who gave so much, we thank you” to the millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today. Please observe social distancing. www.veday75.org

Take part in the Royal British Legion Commemorations:

Friday 8th May rbl.org.uk/veday75 

  • 11am Two Minute Silence across the UK
  • 11:15am The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream 
  • 8pm  VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration, BBC One
  • 9pm  ‘We’ll meet again’ Singalong

 

Some people may wish to stand at their windows or step outside their front door, but we hope that individuals and families across the UK will embrace the opportunity to share in a national moment of reflection. Then later on we invite people to open their windows wide and join us to celebrate and give thanks as we singalong to Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic, ‘We’ll Meet Again’, which has added poignancy in the current circumstances.

Cheltenham Children Celebrate VE Day 75! Get involved with fun activities for children to do at home. Several local schools will also be taking part and we’ll be sharing pupil’s work via our Facebook page and  Image Gallery…

Decorate your windows red, white & blue! Brighten up your street and show your neighbours you’ll be celebrating VE Day at home with some colourful decorations or artwork. If you’re a keen crafter, why not stitch some bunting and donate it to The Cheltenham Trust’s  #letsmeetagain project after VE day. 

Share the moment share photos and videos of your virtual VE Day celebrations and decorations using #cheltVE75 or comment on our Facebook posts.

Cheltenham at War we’ll be posting images of Cheltenham taken during the second world war. Learn more about the history of where you live in partnership with Gloucestershire Libraries. View image gallery…

 

1940’s Sing Along There’s nothing like community singing to recapture a bit of Blitz spirit! We are pleased to announce a special 1940’s singalong video from local jazz musician Lindsay Martin. Download the lyrics here.

Sing along to classics like A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square and We’ll meet again. She’ll also be sharing a pre-recorded performance of Green Dolphin Street by The Lindsay Martin Group, which was written by Polish WW2 refugee Bronisław Kaper on www.facebook.com/lindsaymartinjazz 

Ration Book Recipes we’ll be posting some wartime recipes from WW1 and WW2 for you to try at home. In partnership with the Holst Birthplace Museum. 

What’s your story? Share you family’s WW2 photos and memories using #cheltVE75 or comment on our Facebook posts.

However you choose to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day please stay at home, don’t visit people from other households and observe social distancing.