Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion are inviting people to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday May 8th, by decorating their windows in red, white and blue and enjoying a picnic in the safety of their own garden. Branch secretary Alice Samuel said: “We are disappointed that street parties and fun activities that were planned can’t take place on this Bank Holiday, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day but it is important to be safe and well. We wish everyone to have a fun and memorable time. We will be putting up a poppy cascade at Severalls memorial and at the town hall, designed by Sandie Smith our Branch Community Representative.”

Poppies for the cascades were made in advance of the lock down by members and friends at coffee mornings. Materials for branch members who have been self-isolating were delivered, so that they could continue making more poppies at home. The extra poppies were recently collected to put the cascades together. Alice and chairman of the Crewkerne Branch, Tony Samuel have been putting up big poppies around the town and soldier silhouettes at Crewkerne signposts.

Crewkerne Headlines And Topics will be joining in the celebrations on Friday and broadcasting a live We’ll Meet Again show with local celebrity and entertainer Jan McNeill at around 2 pm. The Crewkerne RBL Branch are asking people to light a candle at 9 pm on May 8th, to remember the Fallen and all those who were involved with WW2 back home, who kept the country going. Alice Samuel said: “It will be a time to reflect and think of VE Day 75 but also in times such as this, when the nation knows how to unite, to spare a thought for the NHS and key workers.” Photographs of your own VE Day celebrations on Friday can be sent via email to antonysamuel@btinternet.com, as the Crewkerne Branch would love to share images of the special commemorative day.

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