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We Will Remember Them

We may be apart in these challenging times but we're in this together. There are plenty of things to take part in this VE Day, even with the social distancing measures still in place. We’ve put together a list of events and other activities you can get involved in to mark the day. Remember #DontVisitSouthend unless it’s for essentials.


11.00am

Two Minutes Silence. Following this The Worshipful The Mayor, Cllr John Lamb, will be laying a commemorative wreath at Southend Cenotaph which you can watch on Southend Borough Council’s Facebook page.


11.15am

British Legion will be hosting a livestream to share stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.


3.00pm

Join the nation in honouring our heroes by raising a glass (or a cup of tea) to toast. “To those who gave so much, thank you”. Find out more at www.veday75.org


3.00pm

BBC One will be recreating the moment peace in Europe was announced using extracts from Sir Winston Churchill’s victory speech


4.00pm

Watch historian and broadcaster Dan Snow live on YouTube’s Timeline channel for a children’s history lesson focusing on the Second World War and the importance of VE Day.


8.00pm

An evening of memories and music on BBC One.


9.00pm

Her Majesty The Queen will address the nation at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945. It will be broadcast on BBC One.


9.05pm

National singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”. We may be apart in these challenging times but we're in this together. To commemorate #VEDay the public are being encouraged to open their front doors and join in the national singalong after the Queen's speech at 9pm.

Other Activities

· Discover your family’s WWII story for free until Sunday 10th May HERE.

· Have a party at home. Find a pack of ideas HERE.

· Create your own bunting. Instructions HERE.

· Make Prue Leith’s Muscovado Flapjacks. Instructions HERE and a list of where to get your supplies in Southend HERE.

· Listen and read some stories from those you experienced the Second World War HERE.

· ‘HMS Leigh – Make Do And Mend’ tells the forgotten history of Southend Pier during WWII. The project will now provide an online festival of stories, films, exhibitions, learning materials, and activities. Find out more HERE.

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