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Commemorate with special events from home

We're encouraging everyone to get involved in VE Day 75. With plenty of online events as well as television and radio coverage we can all stay at home and stay safe while taking part.

TV, radio and online coverage. Two-minute silence at 11am 

Follow the BBC coverage.

At 11am on Friday 8 May, BBC One will lead a poignant two-minute silence. As well as live coverage, there are a range of programmes on the BBC and local radio as well as on catch-up services.

Join the Royal British Legion after the Two Minute Silence from 11.15am on 8 May as they live stream a programme, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, as well as recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

The Nation's Toast - 3pm

Join in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm Friday 8 May, from the safety of your own home.

Stand up to raise a glass of refreshment of your choice and give the following ‘Toast’:

"To those who gave so much, we thank you"

Queen's message to the nation - 9pm

To mark this historic occasion, Her Majesty The Queen will send a message to the nation at 9pm on BBC One, the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address in 1945.

VE Day singalong - 9pm

The Royal British Legion VE Day Singalong 

At 9pm, after the Queen’s message, join the Royal British Legion for a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

"We'll Meet Again" sung by the councillors and staff of BCP Council

Poetry wall

Locally, why not share your creative writings with us on the library poetry wall. You are invited to send in your poems and thoughts on the theme “We’ll Meet Again” - any approach, any style.

‘Medals & Memories’

This has been a reminiscence get together we have enjoyed in libraries. We would like to also provide it as an online resource for people to enjoy from home. If you have a story or images to share please email us and we will be in touch.

Send a copy of the image (and copyright permission) a photo of an item and the text of your memories/ reminiscence.

We’re working on curating these for a collection online for people to browse. Of course, we would love to provide WWII exhibitions in libraries across the BCP Council area when they are able to reopen.

If you are unable to email, you can post images (copies of photos – please no originals) and memories to Christchurch Library 29 High Street Christchurch BH23 1AW.

Please only do so if it is safe for you to go out.

This will be an ongoing project so you can get in touch later in 2020 to share your memories.

Amateur radio callsign 1 May - 10 May

A special amateur radio callsign GB75BVE (75 years Bournemouth V E day) will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE day. A group of local amateur radio enthusiasts will be using this special callsign from their home radio stations in the BCP area from Friday 1 May until Sunday 10 May with object of contacting other radio stations in the UK, Europe and if radio conditions are favourable further afield. Many countries will be hosting similar radio stations with special callsigns to commemorate this 75th Anniversary and we hope to be in contact with them. All contacts will receive a special confirmation postcard which will show Bournemouth in 2020 and a scene from Bournemouth on VE Day 1945.

Get in touch with Geoff Budden for more details geoffbudden50@gmail.com

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Follow us on social media and we’ll be sharing more ideas and online events as well as ideas for celebrating at home.