RESIDENTS across Warrington will be flying the flag and painting the town red, white and blue, today (Friday) to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
While many had been planning street parties, the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has seen people and organisations across the town adapt their plans, so they can still celebrate in style and remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
One youngsters entering the spirit of the occasion is 14 month old Alexander Caple from Culcheth, pictured top.
His grand mother Debby Hughes has been busy baking for a special garden party at their home on Wellfield Road.
Meanwhile the Rev Beverley Jameson, Rector at St Mary’s Church in Lymm is holding a special service online at 10am today.
It can be viewed from 10am on YouTube and will last just under 15 minutes. Just search YouTube for Rev Bev Jameson if you would like to join her.
Across town the Roy Humphreys Centre based in Longford will be supporting local residents to celebrate VE Day, safely and following social distancing rules.
Trustee and volunteer Jean Humphreys, who is currently in 12 week isolation along with other volunteers, trustees and many of the customers, has organised with her neighbours to have socially distanced picnics in their own front gardens and to decorate them.
While Old Hall couple Lesley and Alan Bates will be making sure lockdown doesn’t spoil their VE Day celebrations as they to dress to impress and put out the bunting to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.
They will be be dressing in period costumes and getting out their Willys jeep to mark the occasion – quite appropriate as Warrington was “home” to thousands of American GIs during the Second World War, based at Burtonwood. Willys were a common sight around the town during that period.
Lesley said: “We will be donning our finest 1940s attire getting our Willys jeep out on the drive and decorating the driveway with bunting and a banner I have made. We will be playing music from the 40s and may have a dance or two.
“We have invited the neighbours to join us, at a sociable distance of course, to celebrate with home made tea cakes/scones.”
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How fab is this entry by Ruben for our #VEDay75 🇬🇧 comp
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Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day...
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