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VE Day 75th anniversary

Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day).

This year, the Government has moved the early May bank holiday to coincide with VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight for our freedom. We had been hoping for communities to run a whole host of activities, but given the restrictions due to COVID-19, sadly these have had to be cancelled.

However, there are still lots of ways that you can get involved and show your support to celebrate and commemorate this important anniversary while following the essential social distancing advice that ensures everyone’s safety.

Decorate your home

We would love to see via social media the ways in which you have decorated your home in red, white and blue. Get creative and use materials you already have at home, which is very much in keeping with the “make do and mend” sentiment of the second world war era, or why not download a home decorating toolkit including bunting, posters and colouring in templates available online.

Please share your stories, photos and video with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @SWTCouncil #VEDay75

Friday 8 May at 3pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II

We would very much like to encourage everyone to take part in the Nation’s Toast from the safety of your homes. An ideal opportunity to gather with those in your household for a picnic and pay tribute to the many millions in the United Kingdom and overseas who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we have today.

We invite you to stand at 3pm, raise a glass or cup of refreshment of your choice and undertake the following toast:


“For those that gave so much, we thank you.”

This will be the first time such a tribute has ever taken place so please encourage others to join in from their own homes.

Please share your stories, photos and video with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagging @SWTCouncil #VEDay75

Remember, where possible, that you film in landscape not portrait mode (make sure your phone or device is on its side) and that your audio is loud and clear.

We plan to collate all the photos and video clips and create a little documentary which we hope to share with you. The film will be saved in our archives so when generations look back, they will see that even through a pandemic, the residents of Somerset West and Taunton still managed to mark a poignant day in history.

Please note: By posting your videos/photos onto our Facebook page you are giving permission for Somerset West and Taunton Council to use that footage and share it.

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