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VE Day Celebrations 08 May 2020

Posted on 3rd May, 2020


UPDATE 08MAY 20: Bleadon Bunting


VE Day Images


"HD and colour footage of the VE Day in London on May 8th 1945." (2 mins) Atelierdesarchives.


More videos at the end of this blog.


British Legion

VE Day 75th Anniversary


Join your neighbours ina national 'stay at home' street party!

Prepare for the day by decorating your house in red, white and blue.

11am - 2 minutes silence on your doorstep

3pm - Churchill speech shown on BBC

Front door picnic

4pm - Tea & scones

6pm - Dinner & raise your glass

9pm - Queen's address & Nationwide sing-a-long

BBC VE Day Celebrations


"The BBC today announced dedicated programming across television, radio and BBC iPlayer to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe." (29 APR 20)

VE Day Website


"The 75th anniversary will provide our nation, and our friends around the world, with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period. To commemorate this important time we are organising VE Day 75, a three-day international celebration that will take place from 8th May to 10th May 2020."

VE Day by Historic England


"May 8th 1945 was the date the Allies celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of Adolf Hitler’s Reich, formally recognising the end of the Second World War in Europe. This became known as VE (Victory in Europe) Day."

VE Day: Coronavirus 'will not stop' Wales honouring fallen

(BBC 03 MAY 20)

North Somerset Council

"Leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Don Davies, said: “While official events to mark VE Day 75 have been cancelled or postponed because of the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, it is still important to remind ourselves of the personal sacrifices and hardship people across the globe faced during the Second World War."

BOB's Remembrance page


Stories & films, films, books, well-being, charities and more.


"V E Day began with Mr Churchill's broadcast officially announcing the end of war in Europe. Londoners took to the streets in celebrations which continued for nearly two days. Outside Buckingham Palace the crowds chanted 'we want the King' and were rewarded by the Royal Family appearing on the balcony. At nine o'clock in the evening the King broadcast to Britain and the Commonwealth."


(10 mins) British Movietone

"Watch this compilation of film from IWM Archives, showing thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace on VE Day, local celebrations at King’s Langley in Hertfordshire and victory celebration scenes in Trafalgar Square. Note: the final section of this film is silent."


(7 mins) Imperial War Museums


During these COVID19 pandemic times we are reminded to follow the expected social distancing rules.


NB: As far as can be ascertained from the minutes Bleadon Parish Council did not make any resolutions or public announcements for VE Day Celebrations on behalf of the Village or the Parish prior to COVID Lockdown in March 2020?



Nov 19

(Min 328.9)

"Several proposals as to what the village organisations were prepared to organise are currently being collated. Activities such as a play from the Bleadon Players, specifically themed flower displays by the Bleadon in Bloom Group as well as Bleadon Brownies who have offered to help. ‚ÄčIt was suggested that the securing of a Beacon possibly sponsored by Marshalls should be investigated. Final responses for the proposed programme of events were expected to be received by the 31st December 2019.  ‚ÄčIt was suggested that the securing of a Beacon possibly sponsored by Marshalls should be investigated." 

Dec 19

(Min 329.5.n)

"Noted that a draft budget had been received and would be discussed in detail at the forthcoming ad hoc finance meeting?" [As of 07 MAY 20 there are no public minutes or budget accessible see here?]

Jan 20

(Min 330.5)

"It was agreed that someone was needed to direct this project whereupon it was agreed that the Chairman would take the appropriate action."

Feb 20

(Min 331.5)

"Agreed that the subject matter should be an agenda item at the March Meeting."

Mar 20

(Min 332.5)

"The Chairman provided a verbal update on both subjects." [i.e. No resolutions or public announcements were made by Bleadon Parish Council for Bleadon VE Day Celebrations before COVID19 or 08 May 2020?]



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