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Help us celebrate VE Day!

Published on Thursday, 30th April 2020

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The 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE day, (Victory in Europe) the day when the Second World War in Europe came to an end.

In light of the coronavirus outbreak and official advice on gatherings and social distancing, original commemoration plans for the day have had to be scaled back. The UK Government has announced revised plans to commemorate the anniversary, which include a message to the nation from Her Majesty The Queen at 9pm on BBC One, other plans include:

  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will read an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945 

  • Members of The Royal Family, the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary will take part in video calls with Second World War veterans 

  • Churchill’s famous victory speech will be broadcast as part of BBC special programming

  • A national moment of remembrance will take place with a two minute silence as Culture Secretary calls on the public to mark the occasion at home

  • Second World War veterans will receive calls from NHS Volunteer Responders


There are also many ways that you can get involved safely and give thanks to the WW2 generation that sacrificed so much. Visit ve-vjday75.gov.uk for ideas on how you can celebrate safely at home. Please celebrate within the appropriate social distancing guidelines which can be found here.

The Royal British Legion have also announced a programme of activity to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May for people to participate in from home.  Activities include a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, and activity packs for individuals and families. Members of the public can access the activities at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75 and on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.

To celebrate this anniversary locally, NBBC will be lighting up the Town Hall in red, white and blue lights to mark the special occasion. Due to the Government advice around staying home and social distancing, we would like to advise residents not to visit the Town Hall to see the lights – we will post the pictures on our social media accounts so residents can see the display safely.

One fantastic way for residents to get involved is to make bunting or posters to decorate houses and display in windows. We would love to see your creations and house decorations and share them on our social media channels to showcase the efforts that people across the Borough are taking to mark this special occasion.  Please take a photo and send them to us using the hashtag #VEboroughbunting & tag @NBBCouncil.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“During a time that has been very difficult for us all, helping to commemorate VE Day is a great way not only to honour the WW2 generation, but also to help spread a bit of cheer across the Borough and lift spirits. We look forward to seeing the fabulous creative efforts from people across the Borough to help us celebrate!”