To celebrate VE day whilst we are still all in lockdown the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) charity has created their Tommy in the Window campaign which is to thank and celebrate our national heroes both past and present. They have arranged an array of festivities leading up to VE Day and on the day itself.
The RBLI are asking families to take part in the VE celebrations by placing a carefully designed statue of a first world war statue Tommy in their windows and to join in with some family fun activities they have arranged.
Here are some of the family fun activities that RBLI have put together as part of the VE day celebrations –
- Lindy hop dance tutorials – a really fun and very popular swing dance in 1945 – from the Medway Ling Hoppers: https://www.medwaylindyhoppers.co.uk/
- Sing-a-long and lyric sheets of classic wartime songs with Miss Holly Swing: https://youtu.be/z2n8GcyxB6s
- A children’s activity pack complete with activities from baking to a VE Day diary to a scavenger hunt that you can download here – :https://rbli.co.uk/veday75/
89 year old Former Royal Marine and WW2 veteran George Bradford has found memories of VE day which he shares; “VE Day itself… It was sunny. Everyone was celebrating and we were all going in and out of everybody’s houses. There were balloons and union flags everywhere. I think they even started street parties. We didn’t have all that many cakes but there were a few. Not a lot as there was still rationing. Everybody was out in the street. Nobody made you go to bed – not on that day.”
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