75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe
When VE Day dawns on 8 May 2020, it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved-ones and to hope for the future.
Join in the VE Day 75 celebrations on Plymouth Hoe as we celebrate and remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad. In association with the Royal British Legion, Plymouth will be providing an opportunity for the local community and visitors to pay tribute to those millions who gave so much, with a day of celebrations and commemoration to enjoy and take part in.
The day will start with a Commemorative Church Service, followed by a Parade of Standards where Veterans’ are invited to join the parade and march around the Hoe Promenade led by a military band. This will be followed by wreath laying at the Memorials across Plymouth Hoe.
The Veterans Village and marquee will have a wide range of interactive and informative displays from charities and organisations each offering information, advice and support, along with a selection of local businesses showcasing their products and services.
There will be a range of preserved military vehicles and exciting displays and re-enactments by Hidden Heritage, and fantastic interactive displays from the support services and the Cadets.
The Military Wives Choir will be entertaining the crowds with their wonderful performance on the main stage.
Plymouth will be joining the national and international celebrations at 2.55pm, with the local bugler playing the Last Post and Reville. The City of Plymouth Pipe Band will be playing at 3pm, with a lone piper playing the traditional tune, the Battle’s O’er.
The Charity “Future Fit-Junior Field Gun” will mount a Junior Field Gun Tournament as part of the VE Day celebrations and commemorations, taking place throughout the day with local schools taking part in this exhilarating competition, where they will be competing for the silver trophies.
Put on your dancing shoes and follow in Plymouth’s historic tradition, with the iconic Tea Dance from 3.05pm on the Promenade. Dance the afternoon away, where the original tea dances took place, during World War II.
So, join in the celebrations and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of a Big Band. All abilities are welcome, and whether it’s a waltz, jive, cha cha cha or lindy hop, you’re sure to have a great time!