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People to celebrate VE Day 75th anniversary at home as public event is postponed

The public celebration event originally planned in Great Yarmouth for the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been postponed in line with the Government's decision over the national commemorations, with people instead encouraged to mark the occasion at home.

Victory in Europe Day, known as VE Day or V-E Day, is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies in World War II of Nazi Germany's total surrender of its armed forces on May 8, 1945.

The council had planned a public celebration for the anniversary to be held in the Market Place. There was to be 1940s collectables stalls, music and dancing, plus a service in the Minster.

Cllr Michael Jeal, the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, said: "It is shame that the event has to be postponed, especially since it is the 75th anniversary, but we must follow the Government's guidelines on social distancing and put the health and safety of the people of our borough first.

"Postponement was unavoidable, given the exceptional circumstances. However, plans are being developed for ways in which the entire borough can still celebrate at home on VE Day, so although we will not be physically together, we will be in spirit. These will be announced shortly."

Last modified on 13 May 2020

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