This VE Day (Friday 8th May) marks 75 years since the end of fighting in Europe during the Second World War.
On 7th May 1945, Winston Churchill announced that Germany had officially surrendered. He also declared that the next day would be a national holiday.
The British Legion had planned many events to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front.
Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has thwarted large scale events, the team at Purple Lime is still determined to mark VE Day in their own way.
Co-founder of the Wiltshire tech-led accountancy company, Angela Ashworth, is helping to co-ordinate a street party – all at a safe social distance. Each household is going to have a picnic or afternoon tea whilst red, white and blue bunting will adorn the houses in the street.
At 9pm they will all sing ‘We’ll meet again’.
Other team members are similarly taking part in local community front garden picnics, and decorating houses with bunting.
Angela’s mum is 90 years old this July. She remembers everyone being out in the street dancing, and waving flags on 8th May1945. Her main feeling was one of relief that it was all over.
She remembers being frightened, particularly at night-time, due to the bombings. She had been evacuated for two years, from the ages of 10 to 12 and being an only child, she feels this had a huge impact on her. She has never completely got over the war years, because she was parted from her parents during that time.
Angela Ashworth said, “8th May will also mark the first birthday of my grandson. A big planned party for family and friends cannot happen, which is very sad.
“Those school age and upwards will never forget this period – just as my mother has never forgotten being evacuated and parted from her parents more than 75 years ago.
“I hope that the world becomes a more tolerant, kinder place as a result of this period and everyone, both young and old is more appreciative of the simple things in life.”
Pictured: Angela Ashworth with her mum.