The bunting's out ... Scarborough area gets ready to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

The 75th anniversary of VE Day will be marked tomorrow around the Scarborough area, with people urged to follow lockdown advice and celebrate in their homes.

By Steve Bambridge
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 10:05 am
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 12:08 pm

Residents of a street in Cayton will celebrate by enjoying a picnic in front of their homes.

The neighbours of Spring Gardens have already been enjoying socially distant bingo sessions, quizzes, armchair exercise sessions and coffee mornings since the restrictions started.

Sam Howes and Gill Armstrong have been organising the activities and said they wanted to do something special for the VE Day anniversary.

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Staxton residents Celia Wilkinson and Alan Jeffels have decorated the area around the war memorial ready for VE Day.

“We’ve got the decorations up and we’ll all be out having a picnic in the afternoon.”

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In Staxton, people in the village have been working hard to create an array of wartime figures and features around the war memorial as well as 2,500 handmade poppies for the celebrations.

Virtual VE Day celebrations are taking place at Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum at Malton.

Unable to host the events it had originally planned, it is urging people to join in with a ‘Stay at Home VE Day Party’ tomorrow instead.

“Put the kettle on, pop the corks, decorate your house and get dressed up in 1940s gear or fancy dress to sing and dance with us!” said the museum on its Facebook page.

“Don’t forget to show us your best party moves with photographs and videos of your Stay at Home Victory Party by tagging us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with our hashtag #EdenCampVE75!”

The museum is also hoping to be able to share footage of an M50 Sherman Tank which a team have spent a year restoring and should be ready to run in time for the 75th anniversary celebrations.

For more information, visit the museum’s Facebook page.

The museum is also appealing for donations in return for various rewards including an Eden Camp Hamper and various museum experiences.

Visit www.gofundme.com/f/eden-camp.

Scarborough care group Saint Cecilia’s is to celebrate the anniversary of VE Day across its homes, three in Scarborough and one in Pickering.

They will be respecting social distancing with a number of residents staying in their own rooms but joining in with the help of staff.

Managing Director Mike Padgham said: “Although we are in lockdown and will, unfortunately, not be able to welcome families and friends as we would usually do, we will nevertheless celebrate the anniversary.

“All the homes will have a celebration with a mix of fun, food, and music during the day.

“As we make sacrifices ourselves at the moment in the fight against Covid-19 it is also very important that we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War.”

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