Celebrate VE Day at home urges Bedford Borough Council

Prepare coloured bunting or raise a glass to the nation's heroes this Friday
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Bedford Borough Council is asking everyone to have stay safe by staying at home to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday (May 8).

The celebrations for VE Day this year are unlike any before, with the country observing social distancing in order to tackle coronavirus. While it’s no longer possible to hold the street parties and mass celebrations that were originally planned, you can still join the celebrations at home and online.

To help you celebrate in a safe way, the council have issued a list of events and activities that you take part in from your own home. From preparing coloured bunting for your windows to raising a toast to the nations heroes past and present, there are still ways to mark the historic date. You coulc even have an indoor or back garden picnic. Your menu choices could include recipe ideas from 1945.

People are being encouraged to stay at home on May 8 (Photo: Shutterstock)People are being encouraged to stay at home on May 8 (Photo: Shutterstock)
People are being encouraged to stay at home on May 8 (Photo: Shutterstock)

Make sure your VE Day activities on social media using the #VEDay75 hashtag.

Bedford mayor, Dave Hodgson, said: “It is very sad that we will not be able to mark this important anniversary of the end of war in Europe as originally planned. The Union Flag will be flying at Borough Hall to mark this occasion, and we are working with the Royal British Legion to hopefully celebrate both VJ Day and VE Day together later in the year. In the meantime we wanted to share some ideas for how you can still celebrate on Friday while staying safe at home and observing the governments advice on social distancing.”