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Luton Borough Council

30/04/2020 - Commemorate VE Day 75 with online celebrations

Following the news that this year’s VE Day 75 commemorative event with Luton International Carnival has been cancelled due to Covid-19, we are inviting residents to take part in an online celebration through our social media channels.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the guns falling silent at the end of the war in Europe, messages from the Leader of the Council, Hazel Simmons (MBE) and Chief Exec Robin Porter will be posted onto Facebook and Twitter on Friday 8 May, alongside performances and a celebratory toast.

Footage of Carnival celebrations by those who were due to participate will also be shared, and residents are invited to tag us in photos of them and their families toasting our heroes at home using #toastathome and #VEDay75.

UKCCA are also inviting families to make the VE75 Carnival Celebration Hat at home.

Hazel Simmons (MBE) Leader of Luton Council said, “We’re pleased to be marking these very important VE Day celebrations, despite the strict social distancing in place and the need for people to stay at home.
“I’d like to encourage as many as possible to join us in our online toast to commemorate such pivotal date in our history and thank those service men and women who not only gave their lives 75 years ago, but who continue to do so today.

“Stay home, stay safe and celebrate.”

Those wishing to take part in the toast can do so by raising a glass, filled or empty at 3pm, or by simply taking a moment to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many.

Running order - from 2.50pm:
  • A message from the War Memorial by Chief Exec, Robin Porter
  • The Last Post performed by Alan Norman of The Salvation Army
  • Battle’s O'er and VE 75 Years performed by Andrew Thompson, Pipe Sargent, City of London Pipe Band
  • The Leader of the Council’s speech and toast - To those who gave so much, we thank you.
  • Cheers’ messages from front line service personnel 
  • Celebrations with Luton Carnival 
  • Cry for Peace performed by Lee Nelson
  • Church bells

Visit VE Day 75 to find out more.

Visit the UKCCA website for the template and full instructions to make the VE75 Carnival Celebration Hat​.

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