VE Day is marked across Sidmouth – looking back at last weekend

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 May 2020 | UPDATED: 18:43 15 May 2020

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

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As people marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day last weekend, we take a look back at some of the activities that people enjoyed, despite the lockdown restrictions.

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

The ‘make do and mend’ spirit of World War Two came to the fore in Sidmouth as residents celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day within the restrictions of coronavirus lockdown.

The planned street party in the town centre with music and dancing had to be cancelled.

But people marked the anniversary in their front gardens, many with home-made decorations and improvised fancy dress.

Flags and bunting were hung out, and communities came together at a safe social distance.

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Thanks to Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, people could see a video of Sidmouth’s lone piper, Mark Wightman, playing the traditional tune Battle’s O’er, and a tune specially composed for this year’s anniversary, VE Day 75. The video was posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page, along with an audio recording of Fiona Harvey from Sidmouth Town Band playing The Last Post.

Here are just a few of the many photos people sent in of their VE Day celebrations. We will publish another selection in the paper next week.

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

John Hayes, Royal British Legion standard bearer for Sidmouth, marks VE Day Picture: Margaret HayesJohn Hayes, Royal British Legion standard bearer for Sidmouth, marks VE Day Picture: Margaret Hayes

Ralph Hickman of the Sidmouth Royal British Legion salutes the flag in remembrance of VE Day Picture: Hilary SanRalph Hickman of the Sidmouth Royal British Legion salutes the flag in remembrance of VE Day Picture: Hilary San

Flags flying for VE Day at Victoria Road, Sidmouth Picture: J. M. SeatonFlags flying for VE Day at Victoria Road, Sidmouth Picture: J. M. Seaton

Lydia and Niamh Housden worked hard to make bunting for VE Day Picture: Claire HousdenLydia and Niamh Housden worked hard to make bunting for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden

Flags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire HousdenFlags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

Flags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire HousdenFlags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

Flags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire HousdenFlags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden

Lydia and Niamh Housden worked hard to make bunting for VE Day Picture: Claire HousdenLydia and Niamh Housden worked hard to make bunting for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa BakerVE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia GravesVE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia GravesVE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia GravesVE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia GravesVE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia GravesVE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia GravesVE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey LoweMarking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey LoweMarking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey LoweMarking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey LoweMarking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey LoweMarking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey LoweMarking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall PhotographySidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography


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