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Horsham’s VE Day stay at home celebrations

VE Day 75 this Friday 8 May, is set to be one of the biggest commemorations of the end of World War 2 in Europe. People will be taking part in a whole range of inclusive online events as we cannot celebrate and commemorate events in person.

Horsham District Council, in partnership with QM Studios, Visit Horsham and many community partners, are having their own very special Online VE Day on Friday 8 May.

Please have a look at the schedule to see what’s happening when (this includes two special programmes you can watch on the BBC on Friday):

8am A podcast, introduced by David Essex, featuring local people who witnessed first- hand the impact of World War Two and tell their moving, emotive stories. This will be available at www.qmstudios.co.uk

10am Horsham Celebrates VE Day 75: an hour-long celebration with music, singing, and memories, available here at Horsham Time Well Spent

1.30pm Online Children’s Paint Along: VE Day Celebration with local artist Raymond Warren Art
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2.30pm Online VE Day Sing-A-Long with Sarah Esser-Haswell
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2.45pm VE Day 75 Special on BBC1 TV, including Churchill’s historic speech

7pm Shipley Arts Festival: Online Concert for VE Day 75
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7pm Davey’s VE Day Pub Quiz with The District Post
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8pm Online VE Day Charity Quiz with the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity – you need to register in advance for this: https://www.facebook.com/Dame.Vera.Lynn.Childrens.Charity/posts/2984923441545042

8pm VE Day 75 Special on BBC1 TV, including the Queen’s address to the Nation.

We’d love to see your VE Day celebration photos on Friday so please do share them with us.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Paul Clarke commented:

“This year marks a really important milestone in our country’s history – the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. It’s right that we all take a moment to remember the efforts and sacrifices made on our behalf by soldiers and citizens at the time.

“Clearly this was not how we envisaged celebrating VE Day – we had hoped to put on a number of events across the District. However, it’s really important that people remain at home at the current time to protect each other and the NHS.

“But to help mark this historic event during the lockdown restrictions we have created some unique experiences for you online, to enjoy from the safety of your own homes. “

Check out all the activities online at as published on the Horsham Time Well Spent Facebook site www.facebook/horshamtimewellspent and also go online to www.horsham.tv

Thanks to Silvertip Films, By Jove Media, Visit Horsham, QM Studios and all the artist contributors to Horsham’s online VE Day programme.

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