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Yesterday (8th May) was a bank holiday to mark 75 years since VE Day, the end of hostilities in Europe during the Second World War. Many celebrations had been planned but due to the coronavirus pandemic the majority of these had been cancelled, not just here but all over Europe. With the social distancing regulations in place it was never going to be the usual celebrations or parties people had planned. However people up and down the country still found ways of commemorating VE Day and remembering the men, women and children who lost their lives during the war.
We had a social distance street party in our road and what a great day we had!! We had previously decorated our houses with bunting and union jacks. The dress code was red, white and blue. The day started at 11am with the two minutes silence. We then reconvened at 2.45 with the BBC news coverage and wartime music being blasted from speakers. We all stood and listened to the words at 3pm before we picnicked or barbecued in our front gardens. People who drove past tooted and waved- what an amazing atmosphere and certainly a day we will always remember!! Don’t think we have ever spent so much time in the front garden!! A lady from further down the road came down to introduce herself and asked if we could turn our music ….. up!!!!! Bet that doesn’t happen very often. The afternoon sped by and we had a game of street bingo and held a wartime quiz. Before we knew it the sun was setting and the temperature was dropping but still we all stayed until we heard the Queen’s words followed by a rendition of “We’ll Meet Again “.
We all said how much we enjoyed the day and what a great sense of community there was. If the pandemic hadn’t happened we probably wouldn’t have commemorated in the same way.
It certainly made us all realise how lucky we are to have such great neighbours and friends who we were able to be with. Whilst we were lucky, we were definitely aware of those not so fortunate who were not able to take part in any commemorations for many reasons . The lessons of war are a hard one but hopefully the world has learnt and we can be stronger and more united than ever. The pandemic may have kept us apart from many of our nearest and dearest but in more ways than one it has actually united us too!
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