Lighting up 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.

VE Day Celebrations on 8 May

At 9pm on Friday 8 May, to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, people all over Britain will join in a singalong of the wartime classic 'We'll Meet Again'.

Whether it's stood on our doorsteps, or from inside our homes we'll sing together in remembrance of those we have lost, and to show support for the frontline workers fighting to keep us all safe, healthy and happy.

Local singer, Julia Wood, will be joining in with the singing live from Castle Hill, before Victoria Tower is flooded in a special display of red, white and blue lights, with wartime-like searchlights.

The town halls across Kirklees will also be lit up as a mark of respect.

Castle Hill lit up in blue, white and red

Sing along on your doorstep

The simple hope that we will all be together again soon, expressed in words sung by Dame Vera Lynn in 1939, has resonance for every generation. From those with memories of the fear and separation people felt during the war, to our current distance from our loved ones, which we must all bear as we follow the rules of social distancing in order to overcome COVID-19.

Remember as you sing that no matter how dark things get, we will always find ways to feel close to each other, and we will meet again, some sunny day.

We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when, But I know we'll meet again some sunny day

Keep smiling through, Just like you always do, 'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

So will you please say hello, To the folks that I know, Tell them I won't be long, They'll be happy to know

That as you saw me go, I was singing this song, We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day, We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when

But I know we'll meet again some sunny day, Keep smiling through, Just like you always do

'Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away, So will you please say hello, To the folks that I know

Tell them it won't be long, They'll be happy to know, That as you saw me go, I was singin' this song

We'll meet again, Don't know where, Don't know when, But I know we'll meet again some sunny day.


How to watch the show

We will be live streaming the event at Castle Hill on our Facebook page.

We will share videos from Batley, Dewsbury and Huddersfield Town Halls on our social media during the evening.

Watch it live on our Facebook page

Not on social media? We'll also be streaming what's happening at Castle Hill on YouTube.

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.