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VE Day celebrations in Skipton

VE Day celebrations in Skipton

Published by May Norman at 6:45am 2nd May 2020.

Skipton residents and businesses are encouraged to celebrate VE Day at home

  • Skipton is not letting coronavirus lockdown restrictions stop in its celebrations of VE Day.
  • Residents in the town are being encouraged to decorate their homes in red, white and blue as well as having a picnic or BBQ in their front garden or balcony.
  • In what's being called 'At Home in Skipton Street Party', people are being urged to get involved with a three-day programme of online events to celebrate 75 years since VE day.

Residents are encouraged to join the nation in decorating their houses in red, white and blue, as well as have a picnic in their front garden and join local online events to celebrate.

Skipton 20th April, 2020: VE Day dawns on Friday, May 8, which marks 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.

The 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe was to have been marked with a series of national events, culminating with a spectacular VE Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

However, due to the coronavirus restrictions in place, all these plans are now cancelled.

Communities all over the country are being asked to put their celebrations on hold and residents are instead being asked to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from the comfort of their own home.

To facilitate this, Skipton Town Council and Skipton BID have come together to create a three-day programme for residents to take part over the long weekend with an 'At Home in Skipton Street Party'.

Kerry Wheelwright, Events Manager for Skipton Town Council, said:

“The original VE Day celebrations were due to take place on the long weekend from 8th of May in collaboration with Skipton Waterway Festival, with decorations and events planned throughout the town.

“It is a great shame that our plans for our spring, summer and VE Day events have to be put on hold, but the safety of the public and our team members is paramount. The public is being asked to stay home for a prolonged period of time, and with that in mind, we’ve looked at ways to bring the celebrations to the homes of our residents in responsible ways, and still support the British Legion with fundraising, while also adhering to government guidelines during this period of lockdown”.

Skipton businesses are going online so that you can still celebrate a huge moment in history whilst staying at home.

The 'At Home in Skipton Street Party' is encouraging people to decorate their houses in red, white and blue, have a picnic or bbq in their front garden, driveway, balcony or living room to celebrate.

Any business looking to get involved in the celebration is encouraged to contact Skipton BID.

Geraldine Thompson, Skipton BID director said:

"Skipton BID wants to ensure that the hidden enemy COVID 19 doesn't stop the local community celebrating such an important milestone in our country’s history. In these testing times, community spirit and togetherness from the safety of your own homes is vital for everybody.

"At the same time, events such as these under normal circumstances are a huge boost to our local economy, and we want to ensure our local businesses receive all the support they can during this difficult period of transition.”

"A full programme of online events and where to find them will soon be announced.

"Residents can expect creative art projects, 1940s music and dancing, online cooking tips, and your own 1940’s dressing up uniform is positively encouraged!

"The VE Day At Home Skipton Street Party falls under Skipton BIDs recently launched digital campaign, #AtHomeInSkipton.”

For more information visit Skipton BID.