This year, the May Holiday was moved from Monday to Friday 8 May to account for the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) day, celebrating the end of the Second World War.

However, the ongoing lockdown due to coronavirus has meant that the many street parties that were planned cannot go ahead and instead the celebrations now have to take place in line with the Government guidance and the regulations.

This will mean that people should celebrate within their own homes with the household they are isolating with.

This page contains some advice and resources to help you celebrate VE day and keep safe.

Open Letter

Kier Pritchard, Wiltshire Police Chief Constable and Chair of the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum has written an open letter to the people of Wiltshire and Swindon Celebrating VE day safely

Video from the Local Resilience Forum

The Wiltshire Local Resilience Forum has put together the following short film to thank the communitiy for their ongoing efforts to protect the NHS and save lives:



Several organisations have also put together some resources to help you celebrate VE day safely:

Wiltshire Council VE Day toolkit

Swindon Borough Council VE day toolkit

The Royal British Legion are playing a central role in organising and delivering a number of remote activities including:


Finally, we've also put together the answers to some of the common questions we're receiving in the run up to VE Day


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