Councils across Essex helping residents to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

Councils across Essex helping residents to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

Residents of Essex are encouraged to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day even though the restrictions which remain in place during the lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19.

District, Borough and City Councils across the county are making use of online resources to encourage and help residents to celebrate VE Day.

Colchester Borough Council is producing a virtual VE Day experience and asking residents to commemorate the anniversary online.

Basildon Council is sharing downloadable content kits (colouring sheets, links to national resources etc) and allowing residents to share their memories online on our social channels. The team are working with Basildon heritage to share historical images throughout the day and hope to have a video message from a veteran.

Braintree District Council is encouraging residents to share their family stories, photos or memories with us via social media channels and asking families to share photographs via social media.

Maldon District Council has an online resource pack which is available via social media and the district council website. Maldon District Council is working with the Salvation Army to deliver A4 VE Day posters to people receiving food parcels, so they can display the in their windows.

Tendring District Council is exploring working with the Royal British Legion to allow people to be part of a service via the TDC Facebook page on 8 May. There is also a range of resources for people to use to hold their own, lockdown-friendly commemoration.

Epping Forest District Council has online resources for residents to celebrate VE Day in Epping Forest while observing the lockdown. These include a short video made by Epping Forest Museum of how VE Day itself was celebrated in the district. Working with parish councils of both towns both Epping and Ongar village halls will be decorated in red, white and blue to mark the event. A veteran of 56 Squadron, which was based at North Weald Airfield during the Second World War, will be visiting the airfield to give his reminiscences.

Chelmsford City Council is holding a virtual ceremony for the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, bringing people from all over the city together to celebrate this special occasion. The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Bob Massey, will lead the broadcast, which will be shown on the Council’s Facebook page at 2.55pm and will also be available to view on the Council’s YouTube page. The pre-recorded video will have all the usual key elements of a civic commemoration – with people filming themselves at home and sharing footage of performances given before the national lockdown started.

Uttlesford District Council is encouraging residents to share their family stories, photos or memories with us via social media channels and asking families to share photographs via social media. The council is also promoting the Royal British legion and VE Day and VJ Day resources.

Castle Point Borough Council has raised the VE 75 Day Flag outside the Council Offices in Castle Point and a special Remembrance Wreath has been laid in accordance with social distancing guidelines. The Council has also put special commemorative posters up along the front of the building and on all of the Boroughs Noticeboards. This poster is also available to download and print at home from the website. Castle Point has also added to the website some information on how people can stay safe and celebrate from home.

Harlow Council Residents are encouraged to decorate their homes red, white and blue and celebration the occasion in their homes, on their doorsteps and in their gardens with the people they live with. Residents can download bunting templates from the council’s facebook page – www.facebook.com/harlowcouncil On Friday a VE Day service and celebration will be streamed live on the Facebook pages of Harlow Council (www.facebook.com/harlowcouncil) and Harlow Playhouse (www.facebook.com/harlowplayhouse . The service will start from 10.45am and there will be a 2 minute silence held at 11am as part of a national moment of reflection and remembrance. The video will include contributions from the Royal British Legion, the Chair of Harlow Council and Harlow Playhouse with the national anthem and conclude with Land Of Hope and Glory. Donations received throughout the day from those watching the video will be ring-fenced to go to the Royal British Legion. Pictures of Harlow households celebrating VE day this weekend can be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #VEDayHarlow

Brentwood Borough Council is launching a VE Day video trailer across all platforms, you can see it here - http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/

These are just some of the celebrations planned throughout the county of Essex to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May.

Last updated 4 May 2020