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VE Day

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VE Day

Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) is a day to celebrate the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces on 8th May 1945 and this year is the 75th anniversary of this momentous occasion.

And, even though in 2020, we have to stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives, we can still celebrate and cheer those who fought for our country in the Second World War as well as respecting social distancing by getting out into our gardens or balconies or hanging bunting from our windows. We can recreate the sights and sounds of the VE Day very simply and keep our spirits up in the wartime tradition.

Bunting and Flags

To mark the occasion of the 75th anniversary of VE Day and to share your pride in our country why don’t you make your own “Great British Bunting”?  All you need to get started is any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint – whatever you have or can find.

Decorate your bunting with pictures of whatever inspires you, whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or whether it’s a celebration of enduring peace or your very own personal hero.

Or follow our how-to bunting guide above, you can find more craft guides by clicking the link below:

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Afternoon Tea

Recipe - Victoria Sponge

No party is complete without a cake and nothing is more traditional than a Victoria Sponge…so easy to make.

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Afternoon Tea

Recipe - Cup Cakes

Or have some fun making cupcakes with the kids. Really easy to decorate!

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Afternoon Tea

Recipe - Wartime Jam

And to make your feast truly authentic, how about making some wartime jam?

Preparation: 10 minutes, plus standing

Cooking time: about 10 minutes

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The sounds of the era

Take yourself back to the days of Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller and practice your Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing. Or how about having a traditional sing a long. Here are a few lyrics to get you going…

We’ll Meet Again

An immensely popular song of the time by Vera Lynn

Original 1939 version of the popular standard. Her version (based on its release date and in a woman’s voice), speaks to the trouble and uncertainty of the times. It was immensely popular in the U.K. at the time.

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We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day.
Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won't be long.
They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go,
I was singing this song

We'll meet again,
Don't know where,
Don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again,
Some sunny day.

We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day.
Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won't be long.
They'll be happy to know
That as you saw me go,
I was singing this song.

We'll meet again,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again,
Some sunny day.

I’ll be seeing you

Another favourite wartime song by Forces Sweetheart, Vera Lynn

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I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces all day through
In that small cafe, the park across the way
The children's carousel, the chestnut trees, the wishing well

I'll be seeing you in every lovely summer's day
In everything that's light and gay
I'll always think of you that way
I'll find you in the morning' sun

And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you
I'll find you in the morning sun

And when the night is new
I'll be looking at the moon
But I'll be seeing you

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How to make a paper airplane

Incredibly easy to make and providing hours of fun…make a basic dart or something more complex and decorate your plane however you want. Maybe as a traditional spitfire or something more contemporary and colourful- it’s up to you!

All you need is one sheet of A4 paper

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Crafts for the kids

We also have lots of other crafts to get the children’s creative juices flowing, from poppies to decorating a jar!

We would really love to see your pictures and videos of your celebrations over the weekend. Why don’t you share your pictures with us on Social Media?