VE Day 75 Celebration

5th March 2020 / News archive

On Friday 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the end of War in Europe.

The anniversary will provide an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of those who lived through this time and to joyously celebrate, as then, the arrival of peace in Europe.

To commemorate this, Chippenham Town Council will be joining the nation by organising and coordinating a programme of free events in the heart of the town.

On a bandstand stage in the Market Place there will be a programme of dancing, singing, theatre and even a 40s themed fashion show led by local community groups. This will be supported by local re-enactment groups and walking performers.

Other events in the town include a vintage fair at the Yelde Hall, an exhibition at St Paul’s Church, a concert at the Consti Club, a lecture at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and readings at the Library.

Those who remember the day, plus a guest, are invited to a free special lunch party with the Mayor at 12.30pm. To book for this, please contact Chippenham Museum.

The Mayor will be leading the nation’s toast to those who gave so much for us all at 3pm in the Market Place. The event will close at 7pm with the ringing of the town bells at St Andrew’s Church.

For further details about any of the events taking place in Chippenham for VE Day contact Chippenham Museum on 01249 705020 or heritage@chippenham.gov.uk Please also contact the museum if you are planning an event that you would like to be added to our publicity.