VE-Day Friday 8th May 2020

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

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

We will remember the members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy from many countries who gave their lives or returned home injured in body and mind, the hard-working women and men who operated the factories, mines, shipyards and farms, and ARP wardens, police officers, doctors, nurses, fireman, local defence volunteers and others who toiled day and night selflessly on the home front during difficult frightening and uncertain times.

Friday 8th May 2020, has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday, with licensing hours extended to enable as many towns, parishes, district, community and other councils, along with individuals, voluntary organisations, the holiday and hospitality industry including pubs, clubs, restaurants and hotels etc, to join in the VE Day 75 celebrations

Friday 8th May 2020 (Bank Holiday) - National Timings

THE LAST POST

2.55pm – The Last Post is played 

BATTLE’S O’ER

3pm – The Piping of Battle’s O’er and VE Day 75

Thousands of pipers around the world will play Battle’s O’er, a traditional air performed on the bagpipes at the end of a battle, and VE Day 75, a tune specially composed for this event . It was at 3pm on 8th May 1945 that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe was over.

CRY FOR PEACE

6.55pm  – A Cry for Peace Around the World

Town Criers and other people around the world will be undertaking a special international Cry for Peace Around the World in all manner of locations.  The many thousands of pubs throughout the United Kingdom will be encouraged to ring their pub bells and invite a member of their local community to undertake the Cry for Peace Around the World.

RINGING OUT FOR PEACE

7pm – Ringing out for Peace

Bells in cathedrals, churches and other locations will ring out at 7pm in a collective celebration of peace. The sound of bells is deeply rooted in British culture, providing the soundtrack to historic moments – calling us to pray, to work, to arms, to celebrate and, in times of crisis, to come together. Church bells will be rung throughout our nation and around the world in celebration of the peace and friendships we share today.

Penryn will be holding VE-Day celebrations on Friday 8th May 2020 keep up to date at our Facebook event page www.facebook.com/events/2780244482038956/