Blantyre Celebrates VE Day

With Public Gatherings cancelled due to the Covid19, people are celebrating VE day today from their own homes.

Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May 1945 saw Britain and its Allies formally accept Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender after almost six years of war. Despite the horrific toll on soldiers and their families, spontaneous celebrations broke out across the country upon the news that war was finally over. It was time to celebrate!

Now, 75 years to the day later, Blantyre celebrates this Anniversary its own way, a quieter affair than originally planned, marking not just all those lives lost, but also the brave actions of those who survived and the beginning of a new hope for the future.

After the street parties had ended, almost immediately the authorities took decisive action for Blantyre by reserving the fields to the east to create a new Industrial Estate. It was a 1945 promise for a way to escape life in the diminishing Blantyre collieries and what’s more, to supplement that investment, the shortage of housing felt in WW2 was addressed with the promise of 173 Prefab houses across from the new estate.

For many, VE day led quickly to renewed hope for the future and in these challenging times, we could all do with some hope about now.

So, with us all indoors, we’re marking the occasion with Downloadable Kids Activity Packs. These can be downloaded and printed off for FREE here:

If you’re celebrating on this special day, kids or adults alike, have a great time.


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