VE Day celebrations in Salford - 8 to 10 May 2020

I am afraid that the terrible coronavirus emergency and consequent government guidance means that we must cancel or postpone the majority of the VE Day 75 community celebrations due to take place on the bank holiday weekend of 8 to 10 May. It is really important that people should be kept safe and healthy.

Thanks to everyone who registered their events and were looking forward to celebrating VE Day 75. I know how disappointed you will be that these cannot now go ahead as planned.

“My dear friends, this is your hour.”
Winston Churchill on VE Day

On 8 May 1945, millions of men, women and children celebrated the end of war in Europe. This year on 8 May 2020 we will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and remember those who gave their lives and service for the freedom and liberation of all. 

In order to celebrate this significant anniversary, the Government has moved the Bank Holiday to 8 May 2020, extended opening hours for pubs over the weekend and will facilitate national events in partnership with the Armed Services and the Royal British Legion, amongst others.  

Salford City Council and its partners hope that many people across the city will participate in these celebrations, bringing us together in a shared moment remembering our country’s sacrifices and triumphs.

You and your community may like to celebrate by:

  • Organising an event on your street, community, local park or pub. You may like to register an interest to broadcast the Imperial War Museum’s Voices of War soundscape.
  • Illuminating a local landmark in red, white and blue or using lights to project a white V for Victory sign, replicating the landmarks that were lit up for VE Day 1945. We will be lighting up Salford Civic Centre in Swinton over the festive weekend.
  • Holding a garden party for your neighbours
  • Connecting with your local Armed Service, the Royal British Legion or other veterans’ organisations to support and share stories, music and food and friendship
  • Decorating your home, school or clubhouse in bunting and dress in fashions from the 1940s
  • Organising a VE Day pub quiz

More information is provided on the Government’s official VE Day website including an online map to make it easier for people to join in the commemorations. Please add your own event to the map on the VE Day website.

We look forward to seeing the creative and poignant ways in which Salford celebrates and collectively remembers and reconnects to the people who secured peace in 1945.

Application forms

If you'd like to hold a street party from 8 to 10 May 2020, you will need to apply for a road closure. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 March.

For a small gathering in the park, you will need to apply using the application form below by Friday 16 April.

This page was last updated on 25 March 2020

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