Friday 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE Day, the day hostilities in Europe came to an end, a significant moment in the lead up to the end of WW2.
Whilst we may not be able to be together we hope that you will join us online to remember the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark period and to celebrate, as people did in 1945,
Our virtual commemorations, including songs from Spelthorne Young Voices, will be streamed live on our social media channels at 3pm on Friday 8 May and also available to watch on Youtube https://youtu.be/z16j674vcQg
If you want to follow along at home you can download the order of ceremony here.
The Spelthorne Young Voices are proud to be part of today's commemorative service. Rehearsing choirs virtually is difficult, and it is even harder to produce choral pieces when everyone is singing by themselves. These young singers aged from 6 years old, have practiced and recorded their efforts. Hear them sing and watch our video of photographs of residents, staff and Councillors taking part in our V for victory campaign. https://youtu.be/eTJUsZFxlEw
If the Spelthorne Young Voices Choir inspired you have a sing song why not visit Jo Gardner , their choir masters You Tube channel and join in as she sings songs from the past https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTQu0ZLw-CnoZWh036OvSg
Bill Sykes is a centenarian, a veteran of WW2, he signed up to fight on the news of the outbreak of war in September 1939 when he was 19. He served his country in the Royal Air Force for some 30 years and is a distinguished and much loved member of the community. He has kindly shared with us his memories of WW2 which you can listen to here; https://youtu.be/_RyCBe4kapQ
Take a picture of yourself and your family members making the V for Victory salute made famous by Winston Churchill send it to us at VEday75@spelthorne.gov.uk to be added to our online gallery and share it on social media with the hashtags: #VE75, #Spelthorneremembers #SurreyRememembers #lestweforget
As part of the borough's efforts to mark VE Day Spelthorne Museum has kindly organised an online exhibition of historic VE Day photos from around the borough.
If you have any original photos of the day in your procession that you would like to add to the archive for future generations please send them to VEday75@spelthorne.gov.uk in either JPG or MP4 form.
If you want to post them online yourself please use the hashtag #VE75 and #Spelthorneremembers.
You can discover your family's own WWII story with ancestry.com. Throughout the week leading up to the 10 May ancestry in partnership with the government are offering free access to enable people to research their families war records. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/veday75
To see what else is happening in Surrey and to access other VE Day resources including those by the Royal British Legion please visit Surrey County Council's - VE Day webpage
The Council is proud to support the Armed Forces Community
There are a myriad of services that exist to help individuals and the families of those that have served in British Armed Forces.
To help you navigate them we have created a dedicated webpage that provides links to the principal sources of help and includes information on the Council's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.