TASC VE Day schools competition

Children's poetry, letters and creative writing contest

Children and young people at numerous Tameside schools were invited to enter a competition by TASC in association with Quest Media to commemorate this year’s 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

The children were invited to write a letter to a veteran or relative, pen their own stories or write a poem.

We print a selection of the entries below.

There will be a prize for the one judged the best and all of the entries will receive a certificate.

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VE Day Letter To my Great Auntie

4.5.20

Introduction - I have decided to write a letter to my Great Auntie Mabel. She is almost 84 years old, which means she was nine when the war ended.

Dear Great Auntie Mabel,

Hi it’s Oscar I have been thinking about VE Day and what it must have been like for you all those years ago.

As a young girl the war must have been a scary time, how did you feel when you heard Winston Churchill announcing that the war was finally over? Were you happy? Were you excited? Or were you relieved?

Did you believe that the war was really over? How did your parents react to the news?

What song was played during the celebrations? I like Rule Britannia!

How many people were on the streets on VE Day?

I believe there were thousands of people crowded outside Buckingham Palace and King George was standing out on the balcony, it would be weird seeing that on TV but of course you wouldn't have had one back then.

I've got lots more questions to ask you when I next see you, stay safe and hope you’re looking forward to the 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day!

Lots of love

Oscar

by Oscar Clayton, Year 8,

Longdendale High School.

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VE Day

Victoriously the allies stood tall and strong

Innocent lives had been lost

Children running around, being free in the fresh air

Thousands of happy souls

Old friends were reunited for a beer at the local pub

Royal flags flying high in the sky

Years of fighting, ending in freedom

Images of the celebration will go down in history

News of the German surrender spread rapidly across the country

Eventually the blood, the sweat, the terror, is all over

United we stand as one

Rebuilding was in order, much of the country has been destroyed

Over 50 million brave souls laid down their lives for victory

Parades of people filled the streets, clapping and cheering in joy

Every British citizen this is the product day of our lives

Democracy defeated the evil dictator

Allies stand together as noble warriors

Young boys and girls playing in the son

by Jamie Lambert.

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A letter to a friend

Dear Bobby,

I cannot believe it! We have won the war. It is a gorgeous sunny day, today my dad is coming back from the war. We are going to have a water fight and play football together. I cannot believe I have not seen my dad for four years; I wonder what he will look like. He is going to have so many stories to tell me. Times have been tough I have been on rations and I cannot remember the last time I had bacon or eggs. But luckily my mum went to the butchers and bought some sausages and bacon. Today is the best day ever, near my house we are going to have a big parade and sing our favourite songs, what is it like in the countryside with your new family? Are they nice do you get nice treats or are they strict and do not like you? Hopefully one day we can meet again and celebrate.

Did you hear on the radio about the medic who saved 120 people out in no man’s land and how he is meeting the queen in three days. Hopefully, my dad is in full condition and not lost a leg or something. We are going to have the best meal ever we are going to listen to the radio and watch the parade outside. I wonder what will happen with the jobs, I wonder if my dad will get his job back. My grandma and Grandad are about to go on holiday to France and celebrate.

I wonder what food my dad will have eaten and if he has lost his taste buds and only likes crackers and bugs. I heard that my dad’s friend died and that he was one of my dad’s closest friends. I was very sad to hear that and felt terrible for the children who will grow up with no father, so we decided to give them some toys and some nice food from the bakery.

Yours Sincerely,

Isaac

by Isaac,

Longdendale High School.

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VE Day Poem

Victory in Europe,

It’s a day of Pride

And Germany falls,

And we come home on softer tides.

We started out weak,

We didn’t get far,

But kept on going,

Now look where we are.

We fought on the beaches,

We fought in the mud,

We fought in the trenches,

And we’ve fought through our blood.

Now we celebrate this day,

As a day of Freedom,

A day in which,

The Nazis got beaten.

by Max Yates

Longdendale High School.

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Why we remember VE day; Poem:

The day we all longed for is finally here,

Celebrate freedom, give our heroes a cheer,

Friends and family flock to the streets,

Trestle tables piled high with cakes and treats,

We welcome home our husbands, fathers and sons,

Safe at last from the guns,

Amidst the day we pause, lest we forget,

Those who have perished, we are in their debt,

Families broken and homes left as rubble,

We will make do and mend to make good the trouble,

But push the worries aside

And lock the grief away,

Let’s celebrate freedom on this glorious day,

Our soldiers are home, our young men are free,

Rejoice and be happy on this day called V.E day.

by Grace Cooke Scriven, Year 9,

Mossley Hollins High School

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The Importance of VE day

Men screaming, dying,

The victims of a sudden blow-

Their friends watching, crying,

The land around them aglow.

They thought it would never be done,

But the 8th of May brought relief;

The war had been won,

And the troops were left in disbelief.

The towns are dressed in bunting and flags,

Bonfires and fireworks galore;

People talk of the soldiers in boastful brags.

The celebrations will last for years more.

Every year we think of them,

Their sacrifices we will never forget.

The deaths and damage we do not condemn,

And the losses we regret.

Cassidy Clark, Year 9,

Mossley Hollins High School.

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VE Day,

What is it?

VE day is an important day.

The day World War 2 ended is very well remembered,

The day Germany surrendered!

To remember the innocent people who gave their lives for us,

The people who had lives ahead of them but were cut short.

It is a day to remember Victory in Europe,

Victory of the gruesome war we proudly battled through.

A day celebration went on for hours and hours,

A day when smiles were put back on people’s faces.

Church bells rung across the country,

As Winston Churchill declared a victory!

By Grace Smith, aged 12.

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When is it time to go home?

Seventy-five years ago soldiers were questioning

When can I finally say to my family hey

And love you in person and not through a letter

Where can I go a day without a mate

Dying in front of me

When can I feel safe again?

When is it time to go home?

 

When will the day come

When we will be at home filling our stomachs

With scrumptious pies

Instead of joking around saying

Try and stay alive guys

When is it time to go home?

 

But now 75 years on we thank

The brave men and women who fought to save our lives

And create our freedom that we possess

We thank all their hard work and determination

To carry on even though

They didn’t know if they were going to make tomorrow of the day after.

 

They gave their todays for our tomorrows

And people complain at being at school and work and ask

When is it time to go home?

But actually what they should be saying is

I’m here because of those heroes.

 

Heroes aren’t just the ones of the past

But the ones of the present as well

The ones whose war isn’t over

But only just starting

The ones that are fighting on foreign shores

When will it be time for them to come home?

 

Today we celebrate with pride and gratefulness

That we can remember each and every one of them.

And from the words of my great granddad (Irvin Peel – REME)

Why should England tremble?

by Bethany Turner

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Why me!

I woke up in a terrible mood,

Hoping we had got something decent for food.

Saluting the officer first thing this morning.

Asking if there had been any warnings.

Of the opposition moving fast,

We had to catch up as quick as a flash.

Picking up the rifle,

And everything else.

Picking up the pace,

It felt like we were put in an Olympic race.

While I was shedding a tear in the corner of my eye,

I wanted to get out in a drop of an eye.

For what is about to happen to me,

Why did it have to be me?

As I ran back,

To where I was able to rest my back,

And just simply listen to my favourite track.

I found the letter I had wrote,

But then I had to tense my throat.

I just wanted to sit there and cry,

For now, I just may simply die.

Hearing them run to the scene,

I had to hide under a bush that was bright green.

I must get out of here and run,

For now, I may not see my mum.

For what is happening to me,

Why did it have to be me?

I ran and ran,

As fast as I can,

To get back to the troop.

But in the corner of my eye,

I got shot from a sniper from the sky.

For now, I cannot feel my thigh,

And now I know I am going to die.

I can know rest in peace,

Looking down at you from the sky.

Enjoying this time.

Hoping you will remember me from time to time,

And this is my awful crime.

By Joshua Pinder

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VE Day Celebrations

V-E Day was observed on May 8, 1945, in Great Britain, Western Europe, the United States and Australia, and on May 9 in the Soviet Union and New Zealand. VE Day commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces in 1945, ending World War II in Europe

More than one million people celebrated in the streets throughout Great Britain to mark the end of the European part of the war. In London, crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the palace before the cheering crowds.

Great Britain remembers the 50th anniversary in 1995 with a Lancaster bomber dropping poppies in front of Buckingham Palace. Ve day means Victory in Europe Day – a term first used in September 1944.

Winston Churchill waving to crowds in Whitehall on 8 May celebrating the end of the war.

Tempering the jubilation somewhat, both Churchill and Truman pointed out that the war against Japan had not yet been won. In his radio broadcast at 15:00 on the 8th, Churchill told the British people that: "We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing (as Japan) remains unsubdued". In America, Truman broadcast at 09:00 and said it was "a victory only half won".

London's St Paul's Cathedral held 10 services, which were attended by thousands of people. But VE Day was also a moment of great sadness and reflection, as millions of people had lost their lives or loved ones in the conflict.

by Durham Jacob, age 12.

 

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Quest Media Network Ltd has teamed up with TASC - the Tameside Armed Forces Community - to deliver a unique programme of events across our online and on air platforms to mark this year’s 75th anniversary of VE Day.

You will find much more on our dedicated website www.questmedianetwork.co.uk/news/ve-day/ including stories, historic tales, videos, audio interviews and more.

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