In light of the current coronavirus outbreak Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s VE day 75 celebrations will be moved online.  Follow @bishopsstortfordtc on Facebook on 8 May from 2.50 to join in the celebrations.  

Councillors and the local branch of the Royal British Legion will share with us a little bit about VE day as well as reading some poems. A local musician will be playing the last post and reveille and a piper will be playing Battle’s O’er and VE DAY 75 (a special piece of music created to mark VE Day). Carole Williams, Town Crier of Bishop's Stortford, will cry the Peace cry written to celebrate VE Day 75.

The Town Council will be asking members of the public to film themselves toasting to WW2 national heroes and we will piece together a collage of all the different videos. We will also be asking people to share photos and stories of ancestors who served in the Second World War with #Bishopsstortford #VEDay75.

A schedule of the day is below:

10.57 Rev. Tim Weeks will lead us in prayer a few minutes before the RBL organised 2 minute silence to commemorate VE day

11.00 RBL organised 2 minute silence to commemorate VE day. Bishop's Stortford detachment commander, Colour Sergeant Alison Mitchell, accompanied by the Stortford Army Cadets lower and raise the standard during these 2 minutes

2.50  Introduction by Cllr Norma Symonds The Mayor of Bishop’s Stortford

2.51  Bishop’s Stortford Royal British Legion present Bishop’s Stortford at War

2.53 A Poem read by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Warnell

2.54 A Poem read by the Leader of Bishop’s Stortford Town Council Cllr Wyllie

2.55 Last Post, Silence and Reveille performed by Bishop’s Stortford Band

3.00 Playing of  VE DAY 75  and Battle’s O’er performed by Matthew McRae

3.05 The Nation’s toast to the heroes of World War 2

3.30 . Bishop's Stortford detachment commander, Colour Sergeant Alison Mitchell, accompanied by the Stortford Army Cadets  Nation’s toast to the heroes of World War 2

6.55 A cry for peace cried by Carole Williams Town Crier of Bishop's Stortford

 

How to get involved:

National toast to heroes

  • Film yourself saying “We stand here today for those who gave so much, we thank you” whilst toasting a drink (which doesn’t have to be alcoholic). Videos should be filmed landscape in 1920x1080 on your smart phone or laptop
  • Transfer the files to remembrance@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk via https://wetransfer.com/ Its free and very easy to use

Sharing photos etc:

  • Share your photos and stories of ancestors who served in the Second World War #Bishopsstortford #VEDay75 making sure to tag @bishopsstortfordtc