Ringwood will celebrate VE Day in a different way this weekend than we had hoped, but we are still celebrating! 

75th VE Day

Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8th May 1945 saw Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender after almost six years of war.

At 15:00, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced on the radio that the war in Europe had come to an end, following Germany’s surrender the day before.

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.

What’s going on?

  • 10:50 BST – at a service in Westminster, Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will lay a wreath on behalf of the Commons. Lord West will lay a wreath on behalf of the Lords
  • 11:00 – a national moment of remembrance and a two-minute silence will be held
  • 14:45 – in a special programme on BBC One, extracts from Churchill’s victory speech to the nation announcing the end of the war in Europe will be broadcast
  • 14:55 – solo buglers, trumpeters and cornet players will be invited to play the Last Post from their homes
  • 15:00 – as Churchill’s speech is broadcast, people will be invited to stand up and raise a glass in a national toast, saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”
  • 20:00 – another BBC One special will feature Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins, actor Adrian Lester and singer Beverley Knight, who will be performing some well-known songs from the 1930s and 40s. The programme will culminate in the nation being invited to sing along to a rendition of wartime classic We’ll Meet Again
  • 21:00 – the Queen’s pre-recorded address will be broadcast on BBC One at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address 75 years ago. It will be her second televised message during the coronavirus outbreak after a rare speech to the nation last month
  • 21:30 – Spotlights will light up the sky in Portsmouth to recall the experience of blackouts during the war. The local council says the lights are also to remind people “that lighter times will come again”

Ringwood’s Celebrations!

It’s so lovely to see so many of us hanging out flags and bunting. It’s been nice to see the spirit of Ringwood coming together. Megan sent in a couple of photos of the front of her house…

As promised, Phil’s fabulous VE Day themed quiz – click here for a printable version

Greyfriars WW2 quiz no answers, answers in the morning! 

VE Day Quiz!

1. Who was king of Great Britain on VE Day?

2. In what year did rationing end in Britain?

3. The first 3 recipients of the Animal VC (The Dickin Medal) in 1943, were all what animal ?

4. What secret weapon was tested at Ashley Walk in the New Forest

5. British soldiers received 3 a day, American soldiers received 22 a day? What were they?

6. What was the campaign to grow vegetables in gardens and allotments known as?

7. Churchill changed the name of the Local Defence Volunteers to what, in July 1940?

8. Parts of what essential D-Day equipment, were constructed at Calshott?

9. To avoid sounding “German” during the war, the hamburger was re-named what…?

10. What is HMS Mastodon more commonly known as?

Memories…

We asked you to share some of your memories from VE day or the war and we had some lovely ones come through that we want to share with you. We have added some to the top with their photos and a few below.

Rowan shared with us that he was at boarding school at the time but fondly remembers seeing the King on his balcony. He also remembers taking a walk to the top of Portsdown Hill and seeing all the lights after six years of darkness. What a wonderful memory!

Rowan also mentioned that Fiona will be playing her French Horn from their front garden as she has done for each Thursday’s NHS clapping.  Their neighbours have also sent round song sheets for tomorrow. That’s the spirit!

Megan has had a look through her Grandad’s belongings to dig out some memories for you all. The photos below are of a Christmas letter to Megan’s Nanny, from her boyfriend “Mick Kirkwood” who was a musician in the Royal Marine Band. Below too are some documents Megan’s Great Auntie Vera completed in order to do her compulsory work during the war.

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