VE Day 75 in Kirklees
The 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marks the end of the Second World War in Europe, had a full programme of extensive activity planned months in advance. The onset of the coronavirus pandemic, however, meant that most of this was cancelled, to avoid putting people in danger. The Kirklees community nonetheless came together to celebrate peace between nations and give thanks for the sacrifices of Britain's key workers in the fight against coronavirus. These webpages were made to help residents participate in the celebrations safely.
What is happening on 8 May
3pm: National Toast
Raise a glass with us and toast the heroes of the Second World War 'To those who gave so much, we thank you'
5pm: Doorstep tea parties
Have a 1940s style tea party from the safety of your own doorstep or garden
9pm: Sing-along to 'We'll Meet Again'
Join us on your doorsteps as we provide a mass rendition of the wartime classic
9pm - 11pm: Light up Kirklees
Watch the live coverage as Victoria Tower is illuminated red, white and blue with wartime-like searchlights. Live stream from Castle Hill from 9pm starting with the singing of 'We'll Meet Again' by local singer. Batley, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Huddersfield Town Halls will also be lit up as a mark of respect.