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Haverhill VE Day 75 celebrations will still be a stirring affair - despite the impact of coronavirus

In spite of the coronavirus lockdown Haverhill Town Council (HTC) has shown how determined it is to mark VE Day 75.

On Friday, May 8, it will be 75 years since the end of World War Two in Europe and, before the current crisis, the town council had planned to hold a series of events to mark the significance of the date.

Instead, the town council’s celebrations have switched to the virtual kind.

This street party was held in Eden Road, Haverhill to celebrate VE Day. Picture courtesy of Haverhill & District Local History Group (34133799)
This street party was held in Eden Road, Haverhill to celebrate VE Day. Picture courtesy of Haverhill & District Local History Group (34133799)

At 2.50pm on Friday you are encouraged to log-in to the HTC Facebook page to see:

n A stirring virtual performance of Blaze Away from Haverhill Silver Band

n A special rendition of The Last Post, plus reveille, by Archie Pannell, aged seven, on the BB Cornet

n A roll call of the soldiers of Haverhill, with photos

n A short speech from the Mayor John Burns followed by a toast to the heroes of World War Two

n To top it off, a family friendly soundtrack to accompany your stay-at-home ‘street party’ from the Haverhill Facebook phenomenon Disco Kitchen

HTC will be sharing on Facebook the history of VE Day, some authentic war-time recipes to try out, ideas for decorating cakes with a red, white and blue colour scheme and instructions on how to make your own bunting

Arts and leisure manager Nick Keeble said: “We can’t have one big street party but thought the next best thing would be to have hundreds of concurrent stay-safe, stay-at-home VE Day parties across Haverhill.

“Please tell all your friends and family about it and let’s get as many people joining in as possible – don’t forget to share your snaps and video on social media!

“Thanks go especially to the Silver Band, Andy Palazon ‘s Disco Kitchen and Haverhill Family History group for their help.”

Cllr John Burns, the Mayor of Haverhill, added: “We hope to invoke a little Blitz Spirit of our own on May 8 by keeping calm and carrying on as best we can.

“I have been so impressed with the attitude and community support Haverhill has demonstrated during the pandemic and so let’s raise a glass, or cup of tea, to the heroes of World War Two together!”

n The Queen will address the nation on May 8, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, on a day of thanksgiving culminating in a national singalong of We’ll Meet Again. It will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC One.

n In next week’s Haverhill Echo we will be looking back at how Haverhill came together to celebrate VE Day in 1945.

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