The COVID pandemic has meant the postponement of the majority of the VE Day 75 community celebrations planned for Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May (Friday being a Bank Holiday).
Durham County Council hopes to move cancelled events to the weekend of 15th – 16th August (VJ Day) if restrictions are lifted.
It is recognised that there is still a strong desire among residents, and the nation as whole, to mark this important milestone. Whilst the anniversary provides a welcome distraction to the current situation, it is imperative that everyone marks the day safely in their own homes and follows the government’s current guidelines on social distancing.
On Friday, Durham County Council will launch a dedicated web area www.durham.gov.uk/veday75 and social media campaign #VEDay75 to ‘Commemorate VE Day 75 from your home’. The website will include links to virtual collections from the Durham County Record Office and the DLI collection as well as links to a whole host of resources and activities to download to help commemorate the day, such as party ideas for decorating your house including bunting templates, recipes, music playlists as well as educational challenges and other things to keep the family entertained. We’ll also be encouraging people to share their activities with us across all our social media channels especially on VE Day itself.
On Friday 8 May, the Northern Echo is publishing a special VE Day supplement. There will also be a nationwide two minute silence at 11am and a UK wide singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic ‘We’ll Meet Again’ which will be broadcast on BBC One at 9pm after the Queen’s speech.