Patriotic residents urged to raise a glass on VE Day - The Leamington Observer

Patriotic residents urged to raise a glass on VE Day

Leamington Editorial 7th May, 2020   0

PATRIOTIC residents in the district are being urged to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow (Friday).

Despite the cancellation of all the planned community events because of the coronavirus pandemic, Warwick District Council chairman George Illingworth is keen for local people to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice made by so many in the Second World War.

Among the commemorations taking place both nationally and across the district to mark the end of the war in Europe, Coun Illingworth, who is also Armed Forces Covenant Champion, has penned a special message.

It has been posted online and as part of the celebrations he is inviting everyone to be in their gardens or front door at 3pm on VE Day to join him in raising a glass to thank all those who helped win the war.

Warwick District Council has also organised a number of activities to help local people to celebrate VE Day at home. These include painting pebbles, decorating bunting, writing a poem or sharing a commemorative photograph.

Coun Illingworth said: “While we are unable to mark this anniversary in the way that we had hoped or planned I hope that individuals and families across the district will take the opportunity to share in a national day of celebration, commemoration and remembrance.”

Some other ‘virtual’ events taking place this weekend are the VE Day Fantasy Champion Hurdle which will be screened on the Warwick Racecourse Facebook page at 7pm (with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion), a children’s VE Day art competition at the Brunswick Hub and a talk on Field Marshal Montgomery by Ian Binnie from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Warwick).

The chairman’s message and ideas and activities for celebrating VE Day at home can be found by clicking here

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