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VE Day 75

VE Day 75 logoThe weekend of 8 to 10 May will see the borough commemorate and celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which marked the end of the Second World War in Europe.

In line with government guidance, the original plans for VE Day 75, have had to be adjusted due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

But we won’t let that break our spirits and we hope residents will celebrate this momentous occasion and join us to commemorate this very special event.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell and His Worshipful the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Peter Chand, will be visiting memorial sites in the borough laying special VE Day wreaths.

Internationally renowned arts organisation, Kinetika have also been commissioned by the council to work with schools in the borough to design four new wall hangings for the Council Chamber in Barking Town Hall to mark VE Day. The schools who worked on these designs were Furze Infant School, Godwin Primary School and Barking Riverside School. Kinetika supplied a digital VE Day resource pack so teachers had ideas and images to share with their students to inspire and stir their imagination to create vibrant and meaningful designs for the four wall hangings. Artists then worked via zoom sessions to help the students develop their ideas and finalise drawings. These were then scaled up and painted by Kinetika artists to produce the finished silk wall hangings in time for VE Day. We will share more details on these fantastic art installations shortly.

The council is encouraging residents to follow government guidance on staying at home and social distancing and to celebrate at home and join in the festivities, by throwing your own indoor VE Day party! You can decorate your homes with VE Day bunting and posters you can colour in, have your own VE Day celebration tea party and young people can learn more about VE Day by taking part in different challenges and accessing many online resources on the VE Day 75 website.

Also, if you are dressing up your homes in celebration, we would love to see, so please do send us pictures via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Finally, our very own Mayor’s PA, Carlie Townsend, will also be performing live from her garden over on her Facebook page and will be streaming live on Friday 8 May starting at 3pm, with the nation’s toast. So join Carlie as she sings classics from the era.