When VE Day dawned on 8th May 2020 it will have been 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War Two.
This, the 75th Anniversary of VE Day provided our nations 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.
During those war years there was much activity across our three villages and we wanted to share our research into those war years and memories of those who remember it, with our community during the weekend of 8th – 10th May, but sadly because of the Coronavirus Pandemic this has had to be postponed.
We hope to arrange this later in the year when displays will include The Land Army, The Neatishead Home Guard, Red Cross and WRVS at the Victory Hall, Italian POW held at Barton Hall, evacuees from London, service personnel at Beeston Park and an opportunity to see a unique map of War Time Incidents in our area created by the late John Yaxley of Barton Turf.
We will also, of course be remembering the six men from the villages who paid the ultimate sacrifice and at least another 70 men and women who served.
As soon as we can rearrange the celebrations details will be posted here. Meanwhile VE Day in our villages was celebrated very quietly.