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Celebrating VE Day 75 under lockdown in King’s Sutton

May 7th, 2020

Everyone is invited to participate in tomorrow’s VE Day 75 celebrations in a national moment of remembrance to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation. 

Locally

Members of the Middleton Cheney & District Royal British Legion branch (which incorporates King’s Sutton) are holding their VE Day 75 “Stay at Home” Street Party: 

14:00 Online service from All Saints Church, Middleton Cheney via Facebook Live, conducted by Father Nick Leggett. Click here to visit the All Saints Facebook page. 

15:00 Last Post by the Royal British Legion Mid-shires Band accompanied by the Middleton Cheney & District branch standard bearer from their front gardens. A wreath will be laid at the war shrine by the branch president, and piper Richard Jasper will play the official VE Day music. 

15:10 Stay at Home Picnic

Nationally

There are a number of ways people can take part in the nationwide celebrations: 

The Royal British Legion (RBL) has announced a programme of activities including:

  • National moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, including a Two Minute Silence at 11:00
  • A VE Day 75 livestream at 11:15 
  • A VE Day learning pack for children aged 7-14 years
  • An evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 20:00 on BBC One

Click here to access the RBL activities and/or on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.

On TV

The BBC will have dedicated programmes across television, radio and BBC iPlayer. At the heart of the commemorations will be a special address from Her Majesty The Queen broadcast at 21:00, the exact time her father George VI spoke to the nation three quarters of a century ago. This will form the centrepiece of an evening event that features some of Britain’s biggest talents, including Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester and Beverley Knight. Presented by Sophie Raworth, the programme will culminate with the nation coming together to sing the iconic, and fitting, World War II favourite ‘We’ll Meet Again’. 

On Radio

On BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine will discuss the pivotal moments that led to the end of the war in Europe, and BBC Radio 3’s “Words And Music” programme will share fascinating diary extracts from 1945 with interludes of poetry and music themed around gratitude. On BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams on “Sunday Worship” will reminisce on the meaning of VE day to reflect on how our nation can rise to its present challenges, and BBC Radio 4 Extra will present an adaptation of Stephen Lowe’s “Touched”. BBC Local Radio will be asking the nation to come together by decorating their front windows with special bunting to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Click here for more details of what’s happening where. 

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