Your VE Day Celebrations
Short Service at the War Memorial
The VE Day celebrations which swept across the country on 8th May 1945 were also tinged with the sadness of the huge loss of life during the course of WWII and the knowledge that the war still raged in the Far East and Pacific, and also apprehension about the safe return of troops from the front and the many prisoners of war.
The current COVID-19 situation did not allow a public service to recognise the fallen heroes of our Parish, however Revd Katrina Dykes said a prayer of remembrance at the War Memorial at All Saints Church in Upper Clatford, prior to the laying of a wreath by Air Commodore Phil Wilkinson CVO, who was a young boy on VE Day. The commemorative ceremony was also attended by Cllr Peter Heslop, Chairman of the Parish Council, whose wife Lesley generously made the beautiful wreath. Cllr Richard Bennett was also in attendance as Chair of the COVID-19 Community Support Group and Cllr Charles Eyre as Support Group coordinator and organiser of the Parish VE Day 75 celebrations.
You can see the film of the service, filmed by Philip Skeet, by clicking on this link https://youtu.be/acOD_C0wlek.
Celebrations around the Village
The response to the prompt to bedeck the Village with bunting and flags was wonderful. We collected a few photographs of the Front Garden parties and have added them below for the record!
If you have additional photographs you would like to share, please send them to Charles Eyre at [email protected] and he will add them to the montage below! Permission of any people in photographs is required!
And a bit of History
The 50th Anniversary VE Day Celebrations in 1995
John Baxter has kindly given us access to this wonderful record of the much more traditional celebrations back in 1995. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9pOGf0D4Gw
John says it was shot on VHS hence the rather poor quality in comparison to what can be done today, but it might make an interesting addition for residents.
Does anyone recognise the children who must be in their 30's by now!