I hope that you guys are well and are staying safe.
This Friday marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. VE Day marked the end of fighting in Europe during the Second World War – which had lasted nearly 6 years. On 7th May 1945, Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio that Germany had officially surrendered and he announced that as of the next day, the 8th May, this would be a national (bank) holiday in Britain. People held parties, danced and sang in the streets. Huge crowds gathered in London, both on Whitehall to hear Churchill speak and outside Buckingham Palace where King George VI and the Royal Family appeared on the balcony.
Over the years people have celebrated and remembered this event in many different ways. Miss Read (History teacher at Crestwood) and I have been talking and think that it would be great if you guys could also celebrate this day- we certainly will (albeit in a safe, socially distanced way).
This year I have planned a VE day picnic in my garden and have made a window display out of paper poppies and soldiers. I even attempted to make some bunting using my sewing machine!
We have put together some information on the history of WW2 and VE Day and also some ideas of what you, your family and people at home can be doing/creating/watching/writing/baking/growing to commemorate this event.
Staff have also shared their ideas of VE Day activities and what they’ll be doing on Friday!
All of the History department are planning to have picnics in the garden with their families:
Miss Shelton has been making bunting. You can download instructions from:
Mr Weatherhogg has already created his window display. He has included bunting and pictures that he has downloaded from the internet.
Miss Davies is planning a picnic and video calls with her family. She is also planning to observe the 2 minutes silence from her front door.
There are so many things for you to try at home! Why not have a go and send us your creations and ideas?? We would love to create something from them! Staff will also be sharing their finished products. Feel free to upload any pictures to our Facebook page.
Enjoy VE Day and take care.