When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.
The 75th anniversary will provide our nation, and our friends around the world, with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage, and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark and terrifying period.
To commemorate this important time I would like to call upon every resident and friend of Norham to rally their family and take part in the Norham VE Day #STAYATHOME Party! The Party will be on Friday 8th May and throughout the day there will be different things you can do in this shared moment of celebration.
So how are we going to do it... with a plan and a schedule of course!
To get us all in the party mood (on what is forecast to be a sunny day) and brighten up the village we have gathered together downloadable resources including bunting and activity packs to print and colour so you can decorate your houses/windows in red, white and blue. Click here to download your bunting. You can post your pictures of your house, afternoon tea etc to the Norham Craic Facebook page and those pictures will be used to make a large mosaic picture of the VE Day Logo!
11 am 2-minute silence for the fallen. On your doorstep. (Air raid siren to mark the time)
Listen to Churchill speech all those years ago at 3 pm on the BBC.
Bake and create your afternoon tea ready for 4 pm, take your chairs and tables to the pavement/front garden (making sure your following safe social distancing rules).
Time for a spot of dinner and raise a glass and toast your neighbour at 6 pm.
Sing along outside your house to 'We'll Meet Again' by Vera Lynn. Hopefully, this will be broadcast over large speakers.
We will be updating Norham Life & Norham Craic Facebook pages throughout the week with plans and ideas. Without your participation, this special occasion has the chance of passing by unnoticed in our village!
Let us make Norham both colourful and echo our thanks in this uncertain time.