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Virtual VE Day 75 Celebrations in Ards and North Down on Friday 8 May

Date: Wednesday 29 April 2020

Ards and North Down Borough Council is encouraging residents across the borough to join in with a host of virtual VE Day 75 celebrations from the comfort of their own homes on Friday 8 May.
 
It will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War II in Europe and this special anniversary will provide the people of Ards and North Down with an opportunity to remember those who made tremendous sacrifices, both at home and abroad.
 
Virtual celebrations will be held across the UK and to help kick off the proceedings, residents can take part by designing their own bunting. Designs should be submitted via the Council's social media channels by 7 May and the best will be displayed online during the 75th anniversary.
 
On Thursday 7 May, North Down Museum will sound its World War II siren at 8pm to coincide with ‘Clap for our Carers’ while Friday 8 May will be dedicated to all those who made sacrifices during the War.
 
Residents will be encouraged to observe a two-minute silence at 11am before taking part in a national toast at 3pm. People across the country will 'raise a glass' at home and will have an opportunity to see a local piper play via the Council's social media channels.
 
To complete the day, the Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to take part in a UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' at 9pm.
 
For further information, visit ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk and the Council's social media channels.
 
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Notes to Editors
 
Photograph: 'Virtual' VE Day 75 celebrations will take place in Ards and North Down. (Image taken near the Millisle War Memorial in County Down.) 
 
For media enquiries contact Ards and North Down Borough Council Corporate Communications on 07989 283055 or email jonathan.macdonald@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk.