Plymouth City Council is inviting us to celebrate VE Day 75 from the safety of our own homes.
A huge range of resources have been pulled together in a dedicated area on the Visit Plymouth website to help you throw your own 1940s themed party at home, including bunting templates, hair tutorials, wartime recipes and a playlist. Plymouth Dance has filmed three different tutorials so you can learn some new moves and dance along to vintage tunes provided by The Drat Pack.
A range of worksheets are available to download, including rationing-themed maths puzzles, word searches and crafts, that offer a useful home-schooling opportunity during lockdown.
The Box has also provided some fantastic film clips showing Plymouth during the war years. The footage offers a glimpse into the city’s past, including the King’s secret visit in 1941 and the bomb damage the city suffered during the Blitz.
You’ll be able to see an online gallery featuring even more fascinating archive images from the city’s collections, as well as links to information and resources from the Imperial War Museums and Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
For those wishing to participate in VE Day at home, there are a number of key moments during the day that everyone is invited to take part in, which will bring people across the country together from a distance. This includes a two minute silence at 11am and the Nation’s Toast to wartime heroes at 3pm – to join in, simply raise a glass of a refreshment of your choice and say: “For those that gave so much, we thank you.”
Find out more and discover all of the resources available at visitplymouth.co.uk/veday75.
You can follow the History Festival from 8 May at plymouthhistoryfestival.com.
If you host a VE Day celebration then please ensure you stay at home and only celebrate with the family or friends that you live with.
Take care and stay safe.