How you celebrated VE Day 2020

From paying our respects to servicemen and women to having fun at socially-distanced street parties, residents of Glossop, Tameside and Oldham did the country proud on the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday.

It was always going to be a different day to the one initially planned amid the coronavirus lockdown, with many events having to be cancelled.

People were told to continue to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus. 

But it didn't stop patriotic folk safely marking the occasion on the bank holiday - 75 years on from Victory in Europe Day when then prime minister Sir Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe had come to an end in 1945, after Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered. 

A two-minute silence was observed across the region at 11am in a national moment of remembrance to honour servicemen and women during World War Two. 

At 3pm, after Churchill's victory speech to the nation all those years ago was played out, many people joined in with an applause and a toast, saying "to those who gave so much, we thank you". 

From 4pm onwards, people were urged to hold street parties, whilst maintaining social distancing and staying at home. 

Then at 9pm, the Queen addressed the nation - at the exact time her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945. Afterwards, the nation came together again in a good old sing-along with a rendition of Vera Lynn's wartime classic We’ll Meet Again.‬

There was plenty of community spirit on show and houses, streets and places were beautifully decorated with Union Jack flags, bunting and the traditional red, white and blue colours. 

But of course the true meaning of the day was to remember, reflect and say a heartfelt thanks to all those who have served our country, past and present. We must never forget their immense sacrifice, service and selflessness to help ensure our freedom.

On the same day in 1945, millions of Brits poured out onto the streets to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and hope for a brighter future. 

Here at Quest Media Network, we teamed up with TASC - the Tameside Armed Forces Community - to deliver a unique programme of events across our online and on-air platforms.

Visit a dedicated section of our website here where you can find audio interviews, videos, memories, recollections and much more with veterans, ex-military members, community leaders and others. 

Our very own historian Mike Wallbank also presented a special VE Day show on Tameside Radio - which you can catch up on here.

Thank you for sending us your pictures and videos of how you marked the day. Here are just some of the images sent to us and some we took... 

1st Dinting Scouts VE Day 2020
Russ, Teddy, Oliver and William Hyde from Charlesworth, who are part of the 1st Dinting Scout Group, turning out for today's VE Day anniversary silence.

At the top of this page, our photographer Nigel Wood has put together a lovely video telling the story of the day from our local perspective. 

There will, of course, be more coverage of VE Day in next week's Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle, out on Thursday (May 14). 

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