Seaton still set to celebrate VE Day

PUBLISHED: 16:58 30 April 2020

Seaton to mark VE Day

Seaton to mark VE Day

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Seaton Town Council is still planning to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, (May 8), despite the

coronavirus lockdown.

Seaton mayor Ken Beer. Picture STCSeaton mayor Ken Beer. Picture STC

The Seaton VE 75 Group was set up to organise a weekend of events to commemorate the day the guns fell silent at the end of war in Europe.

Many exciting events and competitions had been arranged.

But due to the pandemic and the current social distancing restrictions, these cannot go ahead in the way originally planned.

A spokesman stressed this does not mean that the community cannot pay its respects and celebrate the end of WWII in Europe.

Flags will be in situ around the town and on display in windows of businesses leading up to the VE Day weekend.

The community will be encouraged to participate in a stay at home street party event where they can share their images on social media and enter a competition.

There will be two competitions, one for children under 12 and one for 12 to 16-year-olds, to post pictures they have created at home to commemorate the occasion.

Residents will also be asked to participate in ‘The Nation’s Toast’ to the heroes of WW II at 3pm on Friday (May 8), and share their images on social media.

They can raise a glass and undertake the following toast: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

The spokesman added: “We are using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.”

Seaton mayor Ken Beer said: “We are hoping that things will have changed by August and we are still planning a weekend event of some sorts in the town which will hopefully coincide with the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Japan - VJ on Saturday, August 15.”

All the details and updates will be on the Seaton VE Day 2020 and Facebook page and Seaton Town Council’s website at http://www.seaton.gov.uk/Seaton-Town-Council/Default-4592.aspx


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