VE day celebrations


Wiltshire Council have created a special VE Day at home pack to help residents of all ages celebrate and mark the 75th anniversary of this historic moment in time.

With social distancing measures still in place, the pack contains simple advice and suggestions to have a household garden party on 8 May, which this year is a bank holiday.

The packs also contains themed recipe ideas, a World War II/VE Day quiz and wordsearch, some suggested e-reading materials from the council’s library service, craft ideas on how to make bunting and paperchains, 1940s-inspired games and songs to sing to keep the family entertained.

VE Day took place on 8 May 1945 and saw people celebrate peace in Europe after years of conflict.

Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, said: “The 8th of May 1945 is a significant moment in history and despite the current situation we wanted to help people mark it and celebrate it while still ensuring social distancing measures are maintained.

“The pack contains something for the whole family and we hope it provides a little distraction from what we’re all going through at the moment, which has seen communities up and down the county evoke that wartime spirit and determination.

“While we know that this year’s celebrations won’t be the same as any other we hope people will decorate their homes red, white and blue and enjoy the day together as a household.

“Of course the most important thing is that the day will provide an opportunity for us all to reflect and to thank and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who fought so hard to make that moment in 1945 possible we owe them so much.”

The toolkit can be downloaded below: