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VE Day 75

Everything you need to know about organising or getting involved in a VE Day 75 commemorative event.


On 8 May 2020, it will be 75 years since the end of World War 2 in Europe. Here are some ways you can join in the national three-day weekend of celebrations and commemorative events. 

Friday 8 May (Bank Holiday)

It was at 3pm on 8 May 1945 that Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe was over.

At 2.55pm, The Last Post will be played at locations across the UK. If you would like to take part by playing The Last Post in Farnham, find out how to register your interest.

You can commemorate the anniversary by raising a glass at 3pm in the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2 or if you are piper, you could join thousands of pipers around the world in playing Battle’s O’er outside your local church, village green, pub, shop or other public place. 

Ringing Out for Peace

At 7pm, church bells will be rung in celebration of the peace and friendships we share today. Find out more about Ringing Out for Peace.

Hold a street party – Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May

Enjoy a day of celebrations by organising a party in your street or local village hall. 

How to organise a street party

If you are thinking about holding a street party, the advice is to plan early. 

Visit Waverley Borough Council’s website for details about applying for a road closure and to find out if you will need a temporary events notice. You will also find useful advice on minimising noise complaints and clearing up. 

If you are looking for a venue, see our Halls for Hire page.

Sunday 10 May, 10.30am

Church services will take place across the country to remember those who lost their lives or returned home wounded. Tribute will be paid to those who kept the nation fed and the factories, mines and hospitals working. 

See more information about planning and registering your church service.

Publicising your VE Day 75 event

Register your event details so it can be listed on the official VE Day 75 website.

Submit details of your event so it can be included free of charge on our events calendar.

Useful websites

For tips and advice about holding a VE Day 75 event, visit:

VE Day 75

GOV.UK Street Party Guide

The Big Lunch

The Street Party Site

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