Your complete guide to marking VE Day anniversary with a stay at home street party
Get out the red, white and blue bunting and get ready to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this week with a ‘stay at home’ street party.
The Government had drawn up huge national celebrations to mark 75 years since the end of World War Two in Europe – but have been forced to cancel them because of the coronavirus crisis.
Instead, a timetable has been drawn up so people can celebrate in their own homes this Friday – by staging socially distanced celebrations.
People are being urged to decorate their homes, inside and out, with red, white and blue bunting and Union flags and begin the day with a two minute silence at 11am on their doorsteps.
At 3pm, people will be able to watch speeches from wartime leader Winston Churchill on TV before heading outside for a picnic at 4pm.
Participants are urged to grab hold of a blanket and enjoy tea and scones or coffee and cake in their gardens.
At 6pm, people can have their dinner and raise a glass to neighbours, while at 9pm there will be nationwide sing along to wartime musical classic We’ll Meet Again with the Royal British Legion, following an address to the nation by The Queen, her second official announcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
People are being reminded to follow social distancing rules and not to gather in large groups and stay two metres away from others at all times.