It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone the public events planned to commemorate VE Day 75 in May due to the current Coronavirus issues.

Our priority must always be to protect our communities, and in the current situation it would be unwise to continue with public events

We hope to commemorate VE 75 on the anniversary of VJ 75 in August, but will review nearer the time

Thank you for all your support

The Mayor, Councillor Rachel Brooks, and Councillor Simon Cassidy, Chair of Communications & Engagement Committee
Liskeard Town Council

 

 

When VE Day dawns on 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved – ones and to hope for the future, but not forgetting those still in conflict until 15th August when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II.

To commemorate this important time the whole country will be taking part in VE Day 75, a three-day international celebration that will take place from 8th May to 10th May 2020.

It will be an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.

Events in Liskeard

Thursday 7 May

  • Country Market moving to Thursday, in main Public Hall, wartime theme

Friday 8 May

  • Morning – War Graves Ceremony and placing of poppy crosses and wreath at War Memorial
  • 2.55pm The Last Post & Reveille. Bugler at Wetherspoons balcony
  • 3pm The Battle’s O’er. Piper at Wetherspoons balcony
  • 3pm – Nation’s Toast – The British Legion Club and Liskeard’s public houses
  • Street party with entertainment at the Cattle Market Car Park events space (alternative venue if wet Methodist Church Hall) 3.05 – 5pm. Please bring your own food to share if you can.  There will be some war-time themed food from the Real Junk Food Project
  • 6.55pm – Cry for Peace – The Town Crier on The Parade, outside Webbs House
  • 7pm – Ringing out for Peace – St Martin’s Church bells
  • Variety Show in the Public Hall, 7.30pm
  • Open garden at Penmilder, Lodge Hill, with war time theme and music – 11am – 4.30pm £6 in aid of NGS

Saturday 9 May

  • Liskeard Traders events – details to be confirmed
  • 10am-1pm Local Food Market with 1940s theme at the Liskerrett Centre
  • 8pm 1940’s music night at the British Legion Club open to all

Sunday 10 May

  • Some Church services of celebration and commemoration
  • Drumhead Service, now 2pm (tbc) on The Parade, outside Webbs House (wet weather alternative Methodist Church Hall tbc)
  • Reading of “A Tribute to the Millions”. Playing of Last Post and Reveille
  • Open garden at Penmilder, Lodge Hill, with war time theme and music – 11am – 4.30pm £5 in aid of Cornwall Hospice Care