VE Day 75
Join in the VE Day 75 celebrations on Plymouth Hoe as we celebrate and remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad
- Next event: Friday, 8 May 2020 - 11:00am to 5:00pm
When VE Day dawns on 8 May 2020, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved-ones and to hope for the future.
Join in the VE Day 75 celebrations on Plymouth Hoe as we celebrate and remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad. In association with the Royal British Legion, Plymouth will be providing an opportunity for the local community and visitors to pay tribute to those millions who gave so much, with a day of celebrations and commemoration to enjoy and take part in.
The day will start with a Commemorative Church Service led by the Lord Mayor’s Chaplain Civic Church Service on Plymouth Hoe at 11am, followed by a Parade of Standards where Veterans’ are invited to join the parade and march around the Hoe Promenade led by a military band. This will be followed by wreath laying at the Memorials across Plymouth Hoe.
The Veterans Village and marquee will have a wide range of interactive and informative displays from charities and organisations each offering information, advice and support, along with a selection of local businesses showcasing their products and services.
There will be a range of preserved military vehicles and exciting displays and re-enactments by Hidden Heritage, and fantastic interactive displays from the support services and the Cadets.
The Military Wives Choir will be entertaining the crowds with their wonderful performance on the main stage. The Military Wives Choir have a vital role to play by bringing women in the military community together to sing, share and support one another.
Plymouth will be joining the national and international celebrations, at 2.55pm, with the local bugler playing the Last Post and Reville. The City of Plymouth Pipe Band will be playing at 3pm, with a lone piper playing the traditional tune, the Battle’s O’er.
The Charity “Future Fit-Junior Field Gun” will mount a Junior Field Gun Tournament as part of the VE Day celebrations and commemorations. The Junior Field Gun tournament will take place throughout the day, with local schools taking part in this exhilarating competition, where they will be competing for the silver trophies. In the best traditions of the heritage of the legendary Royal Navy Command Field Gun Competition, Junior Field Gunning seeks to develop and nurture teamwork, fitness, physical and emotional resilience, and mental agility. Junior Field Gunning aims to raise self-esteem and self-confidence involving young people, school staff and parents.
Put on your dancing shoes and follow in Plymouth’s historic tradition, with the iconic Tea Dance from 3.05pm on the Promenade. Dance the afternoon away, where the original tea dances took place, during World War II. They were organised by Nancy and Waldorf Astor to boost morale after the city was bombed almost beyond recognition during the Blitz. At the time Waldorf Astor, said: “The people of Plymouth have danced on the Hoe during the darkest days of war. They will dance here again in peace on a Hoe which overlooks a city which has been planned for them, for a wider, freer, healthier, and more prosperous life.”
So, join in the celebrations and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of a Big Band. All abilities are welcome, and whether it’s a waltz, jive, cha cha cha or lindy hop, you’re sure to have a great time!
Cost: Free to attend.
Venue: Plymouth Hoe
Categories: Major event
- Friday, 8 May 2020 - 11:00am to 5:00pm