Liverpool celebrates very unique VE day when coronavirus is locked


The people of Liverpool celebrated a very unique VE day during the ongoing coronavirus lockout.

Families from across the city took part in socially distant street parties and decorated their homes to show their support for those involved in the war 75 years ago.

Banners and banners were hung in Merseyside to celebrate the monumental day.

Many people celebrating Friday will remember the day personally, while others will spend the day listening to stories from older parents.

Among those who participated in the festivities was Francis May Ford, 96, of Kensington, who put a festive showcase on his house.

Francis would have been 21 years old when the allies won the victory in Europe and remembered the day with emotion with the photographer ECHO Colin Lane.

She dresses her window every year for the occasion with commemorative posters, Union Jack flags and a souvenir plaque.

Frances May Ford, 96, from Kensington with her shop window

VE Day was also celebrated during the Thursday night coup for caregivers when residents of Park Road North, Birkenhead, came out of their decorated homes to show their support for NHS workers.

Groups of people also joined a performance of the song We Will Meet Again, made famous by Vera Lynn during the Second World War.

The demonstration of support came as Merseyside homes were also adorned with posters and other tributes to Victory Day celebrations, despite the country’s foreclosure.

Huge flags and a poster saying “Celebrate Victory Day. 1945, 2020 “hung on the family window alongside rainbows thanks to the NHS.

George and Sandra Hughes of Park Road North, Birkenhead, decorated their home for the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Across the UK, people celebrate Victory Day in Europe, commonly known as VE Day, as the day when the Allies of World War II officially accepted that Nazi Germany had unconditionally surrendered its armed forces.

It took place on May 8, 1945 and is normally celebrated on that day each year.

In 2020, the May Day holiday was moved to fall on the same day as VE’s 75th anniversary to allow people to celebrate the victory.

VE Day 75th Anniversary Party on Oxford Drive, Halewood, including Christina Ogg 14 and Cousin Matthew Fry

A number of large-scale public events have been planned to commemorate this special day and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the war.

But due to the coronavirus epidemic, they unfortunately had to be canceled to keep people safe.

However, the country paid tribute in another way, including a speech by the Queen at 9 p.m.

General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defense Staff, said the reduced commemorative events necessitated by strict lockdowns made veterans “difficult” and urged the public to “spare a thought” for those who are stuck at home at once. of celebration.

Otherwise, in Merseyside, the celebrations continued until late in the evening, with some people even choosing to dress for the occasion.

On Oxford Drive in Halewood, families participated in a street party while making sure to keep two meters apart at all times.

Evelyn Letman, 105, celebrated VE Day with a picnic at the Granville Court Care Home in Wallasey

The neighbors held up huge flags and wore Union Jack clothing to mark the occasion.

In Wallasey, 105-year-old Evelyn Letman celebrated the day with a picnic at the Granville Court Care Home.

The former swimming teacher donned the Union Jack hat to show support for veterans.

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The monuments of Liverpool also participated in the festivities by hanging banners and posters.

The City Quay apartments were just a complex that got involved in decoration and celebrations.

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