Check out ways to celebrate VE Day without leaving your home

North Yorkshire Police has put together a list of ways you can safely celebrate VE Day

By Sue Wilkinson
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 10:18 am
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 10:20 am
Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again
Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again

"We do ask that in the true community spirit of the second world war that you consider your neighbours, and remember that some may not in a position to celebrate, they may be separated from family and friends, or may be bereaved, or feel intimidated by noise.

"Please look out for the vulnerable, lonely and isolated and include them, or be respectful of their wishes if they don’t want to join in," said Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker.

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Before the day: Download a bunting template and colour, stick, cut or sew your own with the kids hereFriday May 8

9am: Voices of War – experience Imperial War Museums’ soundscape featuring the recollections of people who witnessed VE Day. Visit iwm.org.uk and follow IWM on Twitter and Facebook.

11am: join the nation as we pause for a 2-minute silence to remember those who lost their lives. https://www.veday75.org/11.15am: join the Royal British Legion's lives stream hereNoon: Learn to Lindy Hop with English Heritage’s live dance tutorial. Nancy Hitzig will help you get the hang of this popular wartime craze.

2pm: Give yourself a Second World War-inspired makeover with English Heritage’s 1940s makeup tutorial

Log on to its site here2pm: Take part in The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museums’ live webinar with renowned historian James Holland and National Army Museum curator Dr Peter Johnson to discuss the events that brought the Second World War in Europe to an end in 1945. Register now

3pm: raise a cup of tea, glass of wine or beaker of squash to the heroes of WW2 in the ‘Nation’s Toast’ here4pm: VE Day 75 Anniversary watch live as Dan Snow takes us through the events as they happened. He’ll also be showcasing some of your creative entries as part of his VE Day Creative Challenge.

4pm: Victory Dance Class with SwingdanceUK, teaching you to Jitterbug and Jive from the safety of your own home in this live beginners’ dance class. Register now.

5pm: Show off your moves and join others from around the world in an English Heritage dance-along, complete with a Lindy Hop dance troupe and band

5.30pm: Get your singing voices at the ready and tune in to Gareth Malone’s #GreatBritishHomeChorus on YouTube for a VE Day special performance.

6pm: We’ll Meet Again for VE Day 75 with Katherine Jenkins. The Royal Albert Hall will host to a very special concert behind closed doors streamed on their YouTube channel. Set a reminder to watch live

9pm: Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.

Just after 9pm: Join your neighbours through the window or on your doorstep to take part in the national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ hereWe’ll meet again – but just not yet! In the meantime, all across the country we will come together virtually, through technology, to say thank you.

With Royal British Legion, VE Day 75 Livestream from the British Legion

Keep up with the day on social media using #VEday75