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Sudbury set to live-stream virtual VE Day ceremony as communities prepare to commemorate 75th anniversary milestone

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Despite the coronavirus lockdown, communities have not been deterred in their efforts to commemorate Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

Sudbury Town Council will live-stream a virtual ceremony on Friday, May 8 – marking 75 years since the end of the Second World War – in lieu of the planned community events.

Starting at 2.45pm with a playing of The Last Post, the ceremony will include a formal toast to fallen war heroes, led by Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey, a cry for peace around the world by town crier Robert Drawbridge and a performance by town piper Tricia Drawbridge.

VE Day 75 poster V2 (34212980)
VE Day 75 poster V2 (34212980)

Teresa Elford, events co-ordinator at Sudbury Town Council, said: “It is such a shame that we are not going to be able to go ahead with our original programme for the day, but, under the circumstances, it is nice that we can still recognise this very special day.”

The ceremony will be available to view at www.sudburytowncouncil.co.uk/veday75 and will be uploaded to Facebook later for those who are unable to watch it live.

In Long Melford, villagers are encouraged to decorate their homes in red, white and blue bunting and enjoy a garden picnic, as part of a stay-at-home street party.

Parish council chairman John Nunn said it was disappointing to have to cancel their commemoration plans, including a tea party and a themed dance, but the idea of a stay-at-home celebration had gone down when first discussed.

He added: “I must strongly emphasise that social distancing must still be adhered to, but, weather permitting, I hope the event will ease the strain of self-isolation for many.”

Meanwhile, Hadleigh residents are invited to join in a sing-along of We’ll Meet Again, the famous war-era song by Vera Lynn, outside 6 Raven Way on May 8, starting at 8pm.

Raven Way resident Sylvia Martin said: “It’s incredibly important to mark the end of Second World War.

“After five years of war and bombing, when, all of a sudden, it was over, everybody celebrated. It’s also a celebration of all the people in the military who died.”