Click here to see a slidehow video of the veterans in Bridlington.
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day - the moment that the guns across Europe fell silent and the war with Nazi Germany came to an end.
Celebrations erupted all over the nation, and the day has become enshrined in history as VE Day. In 2020, to honour the sacrifices and to celebrate peace, Friday 8th May 2020 has been made a bank holiday, kickstarting what would have been a three-day celebration of international, national and local events but sadly due to the Coronavirus pandemic the VE Day events cannot take place. There are many fabulous streets in Bridlington who are already on with planning their street celebrations whilst keeping a safe distance.
All at the Bridlington Town Council would like to wish you all a fantastic day of celebrating given the circumstances and would like to ensure that it is still a positive celebration and a great day to remember ~ please share with us all your lovely photos of your celebrations and spread the JOY in Bridlington! The Nation's Toast was intended to be held in pubs up and down the country - Now we hope you will raise a glass in celebration of VE Day from your front gardens, doorsteps or your living room window. Let your friends, neighbours and family know that Bridlington will still be honouring our World War 2 heroes at 3pm on Friday 8 May.
If you haven’t started your planning yet you can see how you can still get involved and mark the occasion whilst staying at home with commemorative events and activities. Please click here to download an acitivity pack which includes create your own bunting, VE Day rationing recipes, VE Day Quiz and the lyrics to 'We'll Meet Again'.
We would love to receive pictures from residents in Bridlington of VE Day celebrations from 1945. If you have any that you are willing to share, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put together a slide show for everyone to enjoy.
Full details of official government plans and resources and latest timings can be found here but a breakdown of what is planned on the day is as follows:
11am - 2 minutes silence for a national moment of remembrance
2.45pm - Commemorative programme on BBC One
3pm - Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2
8pm - Commemorative programme on BBC One.
9pm - Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation on BBC One, at 9pm, the same time her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.
Followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again'.
Decorate your home
Lets turn Bridlington red, white and blue! BBC Local Radio's Make a Difference project is encouraging you to mark the occasion by making your own special VE Day 'Great British Bunting' to display in your windows.
Details at the BBC's website www.bbc.co.uk/makeadifference. It would be great to display for the long weekend, 8th to 10th May.
If you have little ones, could they colour in a union jack poster and add to the fabulous displays of rainbows that are brightening up the town?
Hold your own 1940s style tea party at home.