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Bucks commemorates VE Day's 75th anniversary

Many groups in Buckinghamshire have organised events and moments to mark the milestone.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:00am 8th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks commemorates VE Day's 75th anniversary

A minute's silence will be held at 11am to recognised the 75th anniversary of VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day. 

On May 8th 1945 the allies accepted the formal surrender of Nazi Germany's surrender, and so marked the end of World War II.

However, across the county there are events, moments and sentiments being shared to commemorate this day.

Leader of Buckinghamshire Council Martin Tett said:

"Obviously what we would have normally done is have street parties and big events, but we can't do that under lockdown.

"So we are encouraging people to share their memories and any memorabilia they may have, maybe it's an aunt, an uncle, a grandmother who was there at the time."

The idea is to add these memories to Buckinghamshire's archives to preserve for the future.

Martin added:

"We were looking back at the archives and in Buckinghamshire, in Aylesbury, in Wycombe, there were parades with dignitaries, there were parties, people hanging on lampposts.

"It was a real day for celebration and we want to try and capture that."

What else is going on?


Carehomes and support groups across the county will join in song at 12pm. 

Thanks to a grant from Heart of Bucks, tablets have been purchased to unite people in this time and they will be used to allow a vitual singalong.

Those taking part will join together through a video app to sing a rendition of 'We Will Meet Again'.

The Fremantle group, who are behind this idea say it isn't about being a trained singer and more marking the occasion together.

St Marys Church

St. Mary's Church - Aylesbury
St. Mary's in Aylesbury will be lit up tonight

In a gesture of respect and memorium St Marys will lit up in blue red and white from 8.30 pm. 

The colours have been choosen to represent the strength and unity of the UK 75 years ago, and today. 

The church will be lit up until 10pm.

Old County Hall will also be illuminated.

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