VE Day Float in Crowborough


Crowborough Cabs managed to raise £374 on the day.

For those people who would like to donate online, they have set-up a Just Giving page. All money collected will be given to The Veterans Charity. The Veterans Charity is the rapid reaction force of military charities and provides immediate needs support to hundreds of Veterans every year.

You can see a video below of the float starting its journey at Chapel Green. Look at CrowboroughLife’s Facebook page for a video showing observance of the 2 minutes silence opposite the war memorial at 11am.

Original article: To help celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow (Friday 8th May), Crowborough Cabs will have a carnival style float playing songs from the 1940s making its way around town.

Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society are doing something similar with a mobile disco after 3pm.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8th May 1945 saw Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender after almost six years of war.

The commemorations being planned by the Town Council were cancelled when the country went into lockdown.

They will be making a collection for The Veterans Charity. To keep to the 2m social distancing guidance, they will have nets to collect donations.

From 10.50 to 11.30am the float will be at Chapel Green. This will include a break in the music to observe the 2-minute silence at 11am.

Afterwards the float will make its way to Southridge Rise, Alderbrook, Montargis and Jarvis Brook.

At 3pm, as Winston Churchill’s victory speech is broadcast on BBC One, people will be invited to raise a glass in a national toast, saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”.

In the evening the float will be circulating around Crowborough from 5.30pm until 9.30pm.

The Queen will address the nation tomorrow night at 9pm. Her speech on the 75th anniversary is taking place at the moment that her father, King George VI, gave his radio address back in 1945. It will be her second televised message during the coronavirus outbreak. Afterwards the public are being encouraged to sing Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”.

See also Crowborough Air Cadet’s competition winning design for a flag to commemorate VE Day.

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