WINSFORD Town Council is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on Friday 8th May 2020.
Date: 1st May 2020
Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is to prevent gatherings and street parties, the Council and the community is still looking to commemorate this historical event in conjunction with key organisations such as the Royal British Legion.
The Council is asking residents to post videos and photos of their own events on social media using the hashtag #winsfordcelebratesVE20 and using @Winsfordtc (Twitter) and Winsford Town Council on Facebook.
We will also display the best pictures on our website – www.winsford.gov.uk.
The full list of events includes: –
• Two Minute Silence – 11am – to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact of both war and COVID-19
• Last Post – 2.55pm – live on social media
• Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2 – 3.00pm – to encourage all those taking part to make the toast from their safety of their own homes by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertake the toast “to those who gave so much, we thank you”
• A Cry for Peace Around the World – 6.55pm – Winsford Town Crier – live on social media
• Ringing Out for Peace – 7.00pm – to ring out bells from local churches, where possible
• Parties and Celebrations – all day on 8th May 2020 – not a street party, but front garden social distancing affairs
• Services of Commemoration and Celebration – 10th May 2020 – giving thanks at a social distance including the Town Mayor laying a wreath at the town’s war memorials at 11am
The Town Council is also urging residents and businesses to mark VE Day on 8th May 2020 with their own ‘picnic in your garden’ and ‘decorate your home in red, white and blue’ and to take pictures and videos of their events.
Winsford Town Mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones commented, “when Winsford Town Council originally considered how to mark 75 years since VE day, we wanted to include a celebratory aspect as people had in 1945 whilst also paying tribute to the service of the whole WW2 generation, a generation who sacrificed so much in so many different ways”.
“This was to be an opportunity to remember those from our town, our nation and from across the commonwealth. An opportunity to remember those who served both in our armed forces and those who protected us on the home front, those who waved their children off to the safety of evacuation with tears in their eyes and those who stepped away from the familiar to work in our coalmines, on the land and in the factories. Most importantly it was an opportunity to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as the families and loved ones they left behind.”
The Mayor continued, “unfortunately, due to the current pandemic we are unable to commemorate all these people in the way that we hoped. It does not however mean we remember their sacrifice any less. Indeed, these unprecedented times remind us that uniting as a nation, working together and recognising those who serve our communities is as important now as it was then”.
The Mayor concluded, “we are forever grateful to that generation, just because our street parties will be front garden social distancing affairs and our “We’ll meet again” singalongs will be virtual does not make them any less meaningful. As a town we will ensure the sacrifice made by that generation is never forgotten”.