Chippenham Town Council commemorate VE Day

20th November 2019 / News archive

Chippenham Town Council to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day

On Friday 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the end of the war in Europe. This day has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday to enable as many people as possible to enjoy VE Day 75 celebrations.
The anniversary will provide an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who lived through this time. On that day in 1945 millions of people took to the streets to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future.
To commemorate this important time Chippenham Town Council hopes to join the nation by organising and co-ordinating events. It will be an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.
We will be calling a meeting of all groups and individuals who might be interested in organising an event, perhaps a street party, a tea dance or re-enactment, or who wish to join us in planning a larger town community celebration. In the mean-time if you have any memories or photos of Chippenham’s celebrations in 1945 or the town’s response in 1995 please contact the Chippenham Museum.

Chair of the Amenities, Culture and Leisure committee, Cllr Teresa Hutton said of the event;
“It is important that we take a moment to remember this important anniversary and come together as a community to reflect and honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of future generations.”