VE Day Commemorations

VE day 2020. 75 years

VE Day 75

It is still important to stay at home to save lives, but there are ways we can all celebrate VE Day 75 without risking catching or spreading the virus.

HMS Leigh - Make, do and mend online

Designed to engage school aged children and the wider community with the world class heritage that is Southend Pier. This will tell the story of Southend Pier during World War Two.

Full event information and how to access it online.

Wreath laying at the Southend cenotaph

Cllr John Lamb, the Mayor of Southend-on-Sea laid a wreath at the cenotaph and led the Borough in the national two minute silence with the Mayoress. Watch it on YouTube.

Plan VE Day 75 in your home 

The Queen will address the nation in a pre-recorded message at 9pm, the same hour as her father, King George VI, made his radio address to the public in 1945. You can visit the central government website to find more information about this, as well as see the Government's updated programme of events.

At 3pm, you can participate in the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the Second World War, and join The Royal British Legion at 9pm for a UK-wide doorstep rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”.

The Government have developed a VE/VJ Day 75 website and more information on how to enjoy VE Day 75 in your own home, along with educational materials and toolkits from English Heritage. Visit their website.

Stay at home street parties

A number of stay at home street parties are expected to take place across the borough, and the council is urging local people to enjoy these, but safely and with social distancing firmly in mind. There is guidance available on holding a safe stay-at-home street party here.

Southend salutes its veterans: Online VE Day concert - Friday 8 May at 4pm

At 4pm on Friday 8 May, an online concert on YouTube organised by Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West will be held featuring a number of local singers, musicians and choirs. 

What you need to know about VE Day

History and unfogettable stories from Imperial War Museums.

Page last updated: 08/05/2020