VE Day in North West Leicestershire: Enjoy video commemoration service, virtual exhibition and find ways to decorate your home

Published: Mon 4 May, 2020

VE Day Celebrations in Margaret Street Coalville. Credit Coalville Heritage Society

Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day and with events across the district sadly cancelled North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has worked with partners to ensure the celebrations and commemorations can continue safely at home.

With the support of Coalville Heritage Society three historical panels that were due to be on display at the VE Day in event in Coalville, have still been produced by NWLDC and published online. They feature historic pictures of VE and VJ (Victory in Japan) celebrations in Coalville in the years after the Second World War.

Meanwhile the Reverend Gill Pinnington of Christ Church in Coalville, has made it possible for us all to enjoy a special VE Day service from our homes by pre-recording the service onto Youtube. Along with the historical panels this is available to watch at www.nwleics.gov.uk/veday75

Through the website families can also find links to a home decorating toolkit including bunting, posters and colouring templates for children.

Councillor Tony Gillard, Portfolio Holder for Business and Regeneration at NWLDC, said: “We’re determined that despite not being able to hold our tea party in the park, people in North West Leicestershire will still be able to celebrate and commemorate VE day from the safety of their homes.

“With the support of Reverend Pinnington and Coalville Heritage Society, we’ve been able to ensure people can still reflect upon the sacrifices made during the Second World War and be reminded of exactly why we celebrate VE Day.”

Steve Duckworth, Chairman of the Coalville Heritage Society said: “VE Day and VJ Day are hugely important days of commemoration and the society has a few photographs of local street parties taken by Mr. Stacey, a local photographer in the 1940s – 1960s. We thoroughly enjoyed working with NWLDC to put together the historical panels.

“It’s a real shame we can’t have them on display, but we hope people will take the time to head online to enjoy them.”

Residents in North West Leicestershire are encouraged to send pictures of their celebrations and decorations to cultural.services@nwleicestershire.gov.uk, or tag @ThisIsNWLeics on Facebook or Twitter.

Picture credit Coalville Heritage Society

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