VE Day 75th anniversary
Stay-at-home street parties
We hope that you are all ready to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day tomorrow. It is hoped that the country will honour the day by celebrating the occasion by staying at home while continuing to follow social distancing guidelines.
Kibworth residents can also get involved with national events which includes a two-minute silence at 11am, the 'Nations Toast to the Heroes of World War 2' at 3pm and a televised address from The Queen at 9pm. The pre-recorded address by The Queen will be followed by a national sing-along of the wartime favourite Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again;
The 'Nations' Toast to the Heroes of World War 2' takes place at 3pm and people can take part by standing at their home front doors or stay inside and raising a glass of refreshment of their choice and undertaking the following toast – "To those who gave so much, we thank you."
The weather looks great for a picnic, so have a lovely day, but make sure you STAY SAFE too! Why not send us your wonderful photographs of the day?
While we can't have the street parties and activities many had planned to mark VE Day, there are still lots of ways to celebrate that won't break social distancing rules.
The early May bank holiday has been moved to Friday 8th May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day this year.
A national social media campaign has called for communities across the country to decorate their homes in red, white and blue to mark VE Day with stay at home 'street parties'. The two Kibworth parish councils are therefore encouraging residents to take part in your streets.
BBC Local Radio have templates for bunting that can be printed out and stuck in windows or posters for your little ones to colour in. See template and instructions below.
Families in the same household are also being called on to have picnics or buffets to mark the occasion, which can either be held in gardens or indoors.
Come on Kibworth, let's have a party on Friday 8th May – 1pm to 3pm – but please remember to maintain social distancing!
Join in with VE Day celebrations - from safety of your own home
Leicestershire Police is encouraging residents to celebrate VE Day this Friday - from the safety of your own homes and gardens.
Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and officers and staff across force will be joining in with residents across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to remember and reflect.
This will include a special video released on our social media channels on Thursday followed by a number of videos posted on Friday including the flag being raised at force headquarters and a two-minute silence being held at 11am. This will all be done while following current Government guidelines.
Residents are invited to join in with these events through our social media channels as part of your own celebrations.
Superintendent Adam Slonecki said: "It is extremely important that we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day together. It is a time for us to reflect and to remember the sacrifices which men and women made for us and to protect us.
"Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot celebrate in ways which we may have originally planned. While we still want you to celebrate this Friday and to remember and reflect, we also want to make sure that you are keeping yourselves and your families safe too. In light of the current Government guidelines, it is extremely important that you therefore celebrate in your own homes and gardens.
"We ourselves, at force, will be marking the anniversary in a number of ways this week, and you are invited to join us in this through our social media channels. Details of these channels can be found at the end of this release.
"Once again we thank you for continuing to work with us during this time. Please know we continue to be here to help you, to keep you safe and to take action when it is required.
"We hope you all enjoy your celebrations this bank holiday weekend while, of course, in the safety of your own homes and gardens."
You can follow our social media channels on our Facebook page 'Leicestershire Police' or on our Twitter feed @leicspolice
Details on the national VE Day celebrations, which can be watched from home, can be found here - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/her-majesty-the-queen-to-send-a-message-to-the-nation-to-mark-75th-anniversary-of-ve-day