Published Friday, 1st May 2020

Next Friday marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. In honour of those who fought for us, we're encouraging residents to decorate their homes with bunting.

A photo of bunting for VE DayThe Early May Bank Holiday was moved to Friday 8 May to coincide with this anniversary. 

Virtual celebrations

In line with government guidelines, many celebrations across the borough have been cancelled and we’re asking residents to continue following social distancing rules and not to gather at war memorials.

Instead, the celebrations have been turned ‘virtual’ and so we’re encouraging our residents to make and decorate their own bunting to hang with pride at home between 8-10 May. You'll find plenty of bunting ideas and templates on the VE Day website and the BBC. Surrey County Council has also created a colouring page for children to colour and display, which includes the rainbow image of hope to extend thanks and thoughts to those who are still battling on our behalf today.

We’ll meet again

On VE Day itself, there will be a two-minute silence in remembrance at 11am. The Queen will be sending a message to the nation on BBC One at 9pm, followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’.

Until then, hang your bunting with pride… and don’t forget to tag the Council in your pics so we can share them on social.