Exeter residents are being encouraged to have a ‘picnic in their parlour’ on May 8 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
There had been a raft of plans in Exeter to mark 75 years since the Allied victory in Europe during the Second World War, but they were cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Exeter City Council hopes residents will organise their own events at home, holding a picnic in their parlour, to celebrate a day that ended the conflict in Europe which led to the end of the Second World War.
The council is asking people to post photos and videos of their picnics on the Exeter City Council Coronavirus Updates Facebook page along with clips of raising a glass to the ‘Heroes Toast’ in honour of those who fought for our freedom 75 years ago.
While some may not feel like celebrating at this time, it is hoped people will look back on May 8, 2020, with pride.
An Exeter City Council spokesperson said: “The council appreciates that some people may not be in the mood for celebration during these worrying times, but hopes residents will be able to look back on this day in years to come with pride, that even through a pandemic the citizens of Exeter still managed to come to together to mark a special day in history.”
Exeter’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Holland, said: “We appreciate that everyone is in lockdown and can’t celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day in the way that we would like to.
“But we, like others, feel that even through these scary times, we should mark the occasion together online, in our own homes.”
To help everyone get in the mood, the council is providing links to some fun activities, including colouring-in posters, how to make your own decorations and some recipes for trying, including ones from WW2 where rations would have been implemented.