DRAFT PRESS RELEASE FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY 8 MAY 2020

Pevensey Parish Council, jointly with local organisations and eating venues had been planning a weekend of events on 8-10 May to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, which is a Bank Holiday. Unfortunately, the weekend had to be cancelled due to Covid 19 restrictions, but it is hoped to run a replica event next year from 1-3 May 2021. We also had to cancel our second Community Dog Show on 7 June.

In the meantime, the Government has issued a new suggested programme for the day, which includes a two minute silence at 11am and a speech from HM The Queen at 9pm on 8 May, followed by the Nation joining in with singing “We’ll Meet Again”. A suggestion for an afternoon tea party in your homes that day is outlined, together recipes and a competition for children, artwork and history of the WW2 and VE Day.

Many of you will have family members who will remember the War in some way, and we hope that local people will join in with the events for the day. So, maybe put up some bunting, have a stay at home WW2 tea party and open your windows to join in the singing after the Queen’s Speech at 9pm. The words of the song and full details of the day can be found at

VE Day 75th Anniversary
We’ll Meet Again lyrics

Peter Lowton, Chairman of Pevensey Parish Council said “We were most disappointed to cancel our planned weekend of events but would like to thank all the businesses and organisations for their support in the planning. I know that this is a very difficult time for our local residents, and I want to thank everyone of all ages, for all their efforts and involvement in meeting Government requirements. I hope that we can return to running our community events next year. In the meantime the national events for the day, give us a chance to sing and maybe eat tea together, but in our homes, in addition to the clapping I am sure we all do on Thursday evenings to thank all our key workers “