Get involved in VE day 75

On 8th – 10th May 2020, we are excited to be working in partnership with Dronfield Town Council, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. All across the country communities and voluntary organisations are coming together to organise special 1940s themed events, performances, workshops and activities, to mark this important day in our history.

You are invited to attend this historic weekend and join us in paying tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives to ensure our freedom. After the guns fell silent on this day 75 years ago, millions of grateful families took to the streets to celebrate the end of the war and remember their loved ones. We hope to bring this feeling of peace, hope and optimism to life with a full itinerary of events that celebrates this historic day.

Official Events

Parties and Celebration

Over the weekend there will be 1940s themed parties throughout Dronfield celebrating VE Day, as well as a whole host of family activities and workshops. This is a unique opportunity to gather everyone together to celebrate and bring the past to life and is a great way for the younger generation to connect with history.

Friday 8th May 2020

2:55 p.m. The Last Post

This military bugle call will be played at the same time at events worldwide, in tribute to the many soldiers who gave their lives and have gone to their final rest.

3:00 p.m. The Piping of Battle’s O’er and VE Day 75

Listen to this haunting and traditional tune performed on bagpipes and specially composed for this event. The pipers remind us that it was at 3pm on 8th May 1945 that Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe was over. At the same time as our piper is performing in Dronfield, thousands of other pipers will play at locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands, The Isle of Man, Australia, Canada, The USA, Germany, South Africa, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain and Denmark.

3:00 p.m. The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2

To coincide with the playing of Battle’s O’er, and in association with the British Beer and Pub Association, we ask you to take a moment and join thousands of pubs throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; who will be asking customers to raise a glass, in remembrance of the sacrifice made by all the soldiers who fought and died in WWII.
Download the poster here

6:55 p.m. A Cry for Peace Around the World

An international cry for peace will take place during the festival and in locations throughout the world. The specially prepared speech will be read by a member of our local community.
Download “a Cry for Peace Around the world’ speech here

7:00 p.m. Ringing out for Peace

In the evening, Dronfield churches will join churches worldwide and ring their bells in a celebration of peace and international friendship. The sound of bells is deeply rooted in British culture and is a distinctive sound that calls us to come together in celebration, as well as in times of crisis.

Sunday 10th May 2020

10:30 a.m. Church Services of Celebration and Commemoration

Church services will be held in a celebration of peace and to remember those who lost their lives, as well as those who stayed at home to keep the nation fed and the factories and hospitals open. A member of Dronfield’s local community will read the Tribute to the Millions as part of the service.
Download Tribute to the Millions here

Celebration Events

5:00pm – 6:30pm Kiss Me Goodnight Sargeant Major 

Step back in to the 1940’s and join us for an evening of celebration and variety at Dronfield Civic Hall on Saturday 9th May 2020.

Take a trip down Memory Lane and rediscover the spirit of the Blitz with this hour long show of pure nostalgia – It’s the ultimate ENSA concert, featuring tributes to Max Miller, Vera Lynn, Laurel and Hardy, Flanagan and Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Anne Shelton, Max Wall, George Formby, and many more.

Join us and dress up in 1940’s costume!

Please Note. This is a Ticketed Event Only. Seating is unreserved and cabaret style with 6 seats to a table. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Keep your seat to continue celebrating VE Day with Jayne Darling. Bar open ’til 9:30pm

Meat & Potato Pie & Peas will be served 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Please note pie & peas can only pre-ordered online before the event. Please bring your Pie & Pea Voucher with you on the evening. Vegetarian option available


7:30pm – 9:30pm Jayne Darling

Join us after the Variety Show where the evening continues with more drinks from the bar and entertainment by professional, experienced & authentic performer, Jayne Darling, a well respected and established 1940s vocalist popular with the public and re-enactors.

Having performed at some of the biggest events across the UK and Europe she is known for her beautiful and passionate voice with a spirit that personifies the era.  We look forward to welcoming Jayne to Dronfield to finish off our Saturday night of entertainment.

Join us and dress up in 1940’s costume!

Please note: Entry to this event is £2 payable on the door.   Standing / dancing room only unless you have purchased a ticket for the variety show, which will reserve your seat and table for an evening celebrating VE Day with Jayne Darling.  Some seating may become available after the variety show but a seat cannot be guaranteed.

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