Celebrating VE Day at Home #BradfordVEDay75

Join in with the three-day celebration planned 8-10 May 2020, with Friday 8th May designated as a Bank Holiday. Here’s how you can mark VE Day 75th anniversary with a stay at home party.

On May 7th 1945 BBC radio made a newsflash report announcing Victory in Europe (VE) Day – the end of World War Two in Europe, would be a national holiday held on 8th May. Recreate those patriotic festivities at home using the Union Jack colour theme. Make your own bunting to display in your window at home and share your pictures with us using #BradfordVEDay75 and #VEDay75

Step back in time and have an afternoon tea party at home, to celebrate the 75th anniversary. Get into the VE Day spirit and have a go at some wartime recipes. During the Second World War, when sugar was rationed to 8oz (230g) per week, carrots where used to naturally sweeten cakes and biscuits. Try the National Trust wartime carrot cake.

A number of the nation’s cathedrals including Bradford Cathedral are uniting this VE Day in a project to remember heroes of the past and present as part of the Big Picnic for Hope.

Dance at home for VE Day, find tips for dancing Lindy Hop style, a Spotify playlist and popular 1940s songs to sing with your family. Download the English Heritage VE Day pack.

Join in with the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the Friday 8th May, at home by standing up and raise a glass, or refreshment of your choice, and undertake the following ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.

Check out the Yorkshire Film Archive for the V.E. Day Civic Service in Bradford which was filmed by an amateur filmmaker. The film follows the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cecil Barnett, as he attends a parade, a bicycle race and a children’s party.

Look through the WW2 People’s War an archive of World War Two memories – from Bradford and West Yorkshire.

“1939 – It was the week before War broke out. I was fifteen and was spending my usual few days with my Aunties, who lived in Baildon, awaiting the Gypsy Carnival which took place every year. ” Memories of a teenage girl in ww2

Musicians, it’s time to pick up your instruments and play the VE Day 75 Years March. Record and share your performance with us on social media using #BradfordVEDay75

To commemorate VE Day, try the Ilkley Literature Festival creative writing challenge. You can either share your work on any social media platform with #ILFwritingchallenge or upload them to be shared with the festival team.

Her Majesty The Queen’s address to the nation on VE day at 9pm, will be followed by a singalong with The Royal British Legion, to help commemorate the anniversary. Join in with a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. You can watch and join in on BBC One as part of their VE Day broadcast, so get practicing.  

Show us your photos or videos taking part in the toast or any VE celebration using #BradfordVEDay75 and we will share our favourites.

Download everything you need at celebrate at bbc.co.uk/makeadifference or explore ve-vjday75.gov.uk website for ways to pay tribute to the Second World War generation on VE Day. 

Have a good old knees up!