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Weymouth Celebrates 75th Anniversary of VE Day – Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2020

This unique National bank holiday weekend will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families.

Weymouth Town Council will be hosting a Concert on Weymouth Beach to celebrate this special VE Anniversary. Live music and entertainment will take place from a temporary stage which will be located on the Beach opposite Alexandra Gardens.

Bands and Choirs will undertake performance from 12 noon to 9.30 pm on the Friday and Saturday and from 11 am to 4.30 pm on the Sunday.  Further details regarding the programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Street Parties

If you and your neighbours would like to come together and have a Street Party in your Road / Street over the VE Bank Holiday Weekend, Weymouth residents and community groups can apply for Street Party road closure through the Dorsetforyou website.

This is a simple and user-friendly form for individual streets and roads to come together to celebrate this special anniversary.

Please note: – A street party is a small, local community event attended by local residents and their families; and which isn’t advertised to the wider community to attend.

Prior to the weekend, a special Dad’s Army on Stage Play will take place at the Weymouth Pavilion. Performed by Project Play evening shows from 4th to 7th May daily. All proceeds from collections will go to Help for Heroes Charity.  Tickets and further information available from the Pavilion Box Office – www.weymouthpavilion.com

National commemorative events taking place on Friday 8th May that take place across the country include:

The Nation’s Toast, 3 pm is the time Winston Churchill officially announced the end of WW2 from the Cabinet Office, London. All public houses are being encouraged to ask their patrons to raise a glass to the Heroes of World War II at 3 pm.  All pubs taking part can register their involvement on the VE Day 75 website.

Ringing out for Peace – Bells in churches and cathedrals will ring our at 7 pm in a collective celebrations of VE Day 75.  The sound of church bells is deeply rooted in British Culture.  They provide the grand soundtrack to our historic moments, calling us to wake, to pray, to work, to arms, to feast, to celebrate and, in times of crisis, to come together.  Again, Churches taking part can register their involvement on the VE Day 75 website.