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Join the nation for VE Day 75

carpet bed planted to show poppy and 75

Farnham Town Council is calling upon Farnham people to join in a host of home-based celebrations to commemorate 75 years since the end of World War 2 in Europe.

From home-made bunting and displays of poppies to garlands of Union flags and celebratory posters, residents are encouraged to make use of materials they have at home to design a piece of artwork to mark VE Day 75. Please share your creation by emailing a photo of it to bloom@farnham.gov.uk by 12 May.

Councillor Pat Evans, Mayor of Farnham says: “We may not be able to take part in large gatherings or hold the street parties we envisaged for VE Day 75, but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate this momentous occasion and to honour the World War 2 generation.

“At 11am on Friday 8 May, I will pause for a UK-wide two-minute moment of reflection and remembrance. Later, at 2.45pm I plan to watch the broadcast of Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech and then at 3pm, I will join the nation in paying tribute to heroes past and present by raising a glass and undertaking this national toast: ‘To those who gave so much, we thank you’ – please do join me from the safety of your home.”

Over the weekend, people can mark the anniversary by having a VE Day inspired picnic in the garden or by holding a virtual party for family and friends.  

The Mayor of Farnham added: “However you decide to observe VE Day 75, please continue to follow the restrictions and stay safe and, when the lockdown measures are eased, do come and see the commemorative VE Day carpet bed we have planted in Gostrey Meadow. In a few weeks’ time, it will look at its best and will be a wonderful homage to the men and women who served in World War 2 and their families.”

For posters to colour in, bunting templates, 1940s playlists, recipes, and more stay at home inspiration visit www.ve-vjday75.gov.uk.

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