Media release - issued 06 May 2020

Residents invited to a virtual VE Day 75

Residents in Aldershot and Farnborough are being invited to join in a day of virtual celebrations on Friday (8 May) as the country marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

May 8, 1945 signalled the end of six years of war in Europe and on that date, towns and cities across the world celebrated peace with street parties, dancing and singing.

Seventy-five years on, and with the country in lockdown, Rushmoor Borough Council has put together a virtual VE Day 75 programme so that people can commemorate and celebrate VE Day 75 together while still apart.

Among the highlights of the day's programme will be special online messages from Aldershot's Garrison Commander, Lt Col Paddy Baines; the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter; and Leader of Rushmoor Borough, Councillor David Clifford.

Families will be able to take part in online interactive history workshops and specially-created VE Day 75 fun activities.

Actors from Torchlight Heritage will recreate some of the emotions of the time in 'Voices from Aldershot's homefront', three special short films that will be shown on Facebook on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. While historian, Dr Kate Vigurs will be giving a free online talk on Churchill's secret army, the Special Operations Executive.

Alongside these activities, there are links on our VE Day 75 - how we celebrated page to other VE Day activities, national resources for learning about VE Day, free 'at home' celebration packs and ideas, plus resources for veteran support.

Councillor David Clifford, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "It's incredibly important that we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and remember the tremendous effort and sacrifices that people in both Aldershot and Farnborough made for the peace of our nation. We hope residents will join us from the comfort of their homes and gardens to take part in this local and national day of celebration."

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