Spencer Court reminisce and celebrate on VE Day
Although the 75th anniversary of VE Day fell during a global pandemic, Spencer Court still celebrated and found time for reflection during the special day.
On Friday 8th May 1945 the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe and celebrations of peace were underway across Great Britain. Many residents at Spencer Court remember the day clearly, having been children or young adults at the time.
Residents reminisced while looking through artefacts, news clippings and photos from the Second World War. At 11am, everyone fell silent for two minutes to remember loved ones lost during the years of conflict before raising a toast to war heroes with the nation at 3pm.
Later, residents and the team joined in a rousing singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’; a song that has risen in popularity once again during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic as a beacon of hope for the millions of people across the country who are apart from their loved ones during the lockdown. This poignant number was accompanied by a cup of tea and a slice of cake and was followed by a VE Day themed quiz.
Victory in Europe Day, 1945, celebrated the end of years of carnage and destruction and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future. The conflict remained in the Far East, however, until 15th August 1945 when Japan surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending the Second World War. Spencer Court will be continuing their celebrations in August to mark Victory in Japan Day.