Friday 8th May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, the day the guns fell silent at the end of the second Word War in Europe. Years of death and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets to mourn their loved ones, celebrate peace and hope for the future.
The Parish Council, supported by local business, groups and volunteers is organising a packed and varied two-day activity programme on Bank Holiday Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May. The Friday focusses on remembering and reflecting on the sacrifice, courage and determination of the people, from all walks of life, who saw us through this dark and terrifying period. Saturday celebrates the arrival of peace in Europe, as the country did 75 years ago.
Attractions include a wartime vehicle display, a float procession from Burghfield to Mortimer and a free-entry Fairground celebration, with stalls, maypole and live music. Local groups or businesses wishing to parade a (free) float (lorry) or those with photographs or memorabilia suitable for sharing online, should contact the parish council now (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0118 9331955). Save the date and check the parish council website, MVP Facebook and Village Eye magazine for updates on this not-to-be-missed weekend.