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

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

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 Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

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 Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant


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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 Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

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

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

Ralph Hickman of the Sidmouth Royal British Legion salutes the flag in remembrance of VE Day Picture

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

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

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

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

Lydia and Niamh Housden worked hard to make bunting for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden - Credit: Archant

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

Flags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

Flags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

Flags flying high at Howarth Close for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden - Credit: Archant

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

Lydia and Niamh Housden worked hard to make bunting for VE Day Picture: Claire Housden - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day celebrations at Fleming Avenue, Sidmouth Picture: Alexa Baker - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves - Credit: Archant

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

VE Day tea party at Andrew Close, Sidmouth Picture: Virginia Graves - Credit: Archant

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

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe - Credit: Archant

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

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe - Credit: Archant

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

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe - Credit: Archant

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

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe - Credit: Archant

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

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe - Credit: Archant

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

Marking VE Day at Higher Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth Picture: Tracey Lowe - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography

Sidmouth VE Day celebrations Picture: Sarah Hall Photography - Credit: Archant

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes - Credit: Archant

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes - Credit: Archant

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes - Credit: Archant

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes - Credit: Archant

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes

VE Day celebrations at Balfour Gardens Picture: Francine Hayes - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward

VE Day street party at Otter Reach in Newton Poppleford Picture: Sharon Ward - Credit: Archant

A spread for VE Day in Exeter Road, Newton Poppleford Picture: Tricia Barclay

A spread for VE Day in Exeter Road, Newton Poppleford Picture: Tricia Barclay - Credit: Archant

Sylvia Brownlee, Chuffy Jenkins and Heather Bewick dress up for VE Day anniversary Picture: Shirley

Sylvia Brownlee, Chuffy Jenkins and Heather Bewick dress up for VE Day anniversary Picture: Shirley Smith - Credit: Archant

Beryl Jewes and Margaret Jewes enjoying some party food for VE Day celebrations Picture: Heather Bew

Beryl Jewes and Margaret Jewes enjoying some party food for VE Day celebrations Picture: Heather Bewick - Credit: Archant

Lyndsey, winner of best VE Day hat Picture: Heather Bewick

Lyndsey, winner of best VE Day hat Picture: Heather Bewick - Credit: Archant

Her Majesty chats to Lynden Webb On VE Day Picture Andy Webb

Her Majesty chats to Lynden Webb On VE Day Picture Andy Webb - Credit: Archant

Her Majesty visits Drew’s in Sidbury on VE Day Picture Andy Webb

Her Majesty visits Drew’s in Sidbury on VE Day Picture Andy Webb - Credit: Archant

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