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Mayor to lead virtual VE Day Celebrations

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane will lead the VE Day 75 Anniversary commemorations on Friday 8 May to thank those who gave so much during World War Two. 
Owing to the COVID-19 restrictions and the government’s advice on social distancing, Cllr Diane Taylor will be marking VE Day 75 through a number of videos on the Mayoral and borough council social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. 
Cllr Taylor is also encouraging residents to mark the day safely at home and is inviting people to raise glass or a cup of tea at 3pm to join the nation in celebrating, as people did 75 years ago. 
She will then take part in an international Cry for Peace at 6.55pm, to be streamed on social media at the same time as other dignitaries around the world, before the 7pm Ringing Out for Peace, a worldwide celebration of the peace and friendships we share today. A previous recording of the bells at St Michael’s Church, Basingstoke, will be posted online to participate. 
At 9pm, borough residents are invited to a UK-wide singalong of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ with Dame Vera Lynn to be broadcast on BBC One as part of the commemorations. 
Despite the current coronavirus outbreak, this year’s VE Day 75 anniversary will still take place from Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May but with personal commemorations in people’s homes, rather than the previously arranged public events.
Basingstoke and Deane residents are encouraged to plan and enjoy their own celebrations with those they live with – and to share on social media. This could include everything from a VE Day 75 tea party with specially decorated cakes, bunting and flags and children’s face painting to virtual choir singing to bring people together in celebration. 
Find out more about VE Day 75 at https://www.veday75.org/
Visit the Mayor’s webpage https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/the-mayor


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