VE Day Messages From Your Councillors
VE Day celebrations will be very different this year for everyone and it is important that we all do our bit to Stay Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.
However, we can all still remember the sacrifices made at home and abroad during World War II, and celebrate the arrival of peace in Europe 75 years ago. Mayor Cllr Anthony Bishopp
"As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day let us not forget those, like my wife's father, who fought their way across North Africa and up through Italy to help bring peace to our continent. They lost many friends and colleagues along the way." Deputy Mayor Cllr Adrian Winnington
"May 8th commemorates the day that Europe won victory over Germany, later to be known as VE Day. Although we celebrate the end of WW2 in quarantine this year and away from family members, it is a time to remember those who gave their lives so that we might live ours in freedom" Cllr Maureen Howard, Chair of Community Engagement
It is such a pity we cannot mark this event as Hunstanton Town Council and the residents intended to do.
The bunting displays in various areas are heartwarming and demonstrate, yet again, the powerful community spirit which exists within our town.
Brilliant effort everyone, thank you all. Cllr Michael Ruston, Chair of Property & Finance Committee
To all the heroes of yesteryear - to those who lost their lives and those who willingly put their lives on the line for others, we salute you. Cllr Verity Jowett
As a Town Council we had grand plans to celebrate VE Day Those plans have had to give way to the necessities of the times The images that we have of VE Day are of people dancing in the street and of laughter and joy. Father's sons and brothers would be coming home but many more would never come home. They lay to this day in foreign fields where there loved ones could not attend funerals or mourn by grave sides. Those that danced, danced with relief that they had survived and that their families would no longer be decimated in a war that had lasted so long. The country had lost a generation and what was left was going to have to work hard to rebuild our world. My father came home from his service in the Navy. He never spoke of the war. Many never did. Those at home danced and he went to Singapore to clean up the horrors of the prison camps. He never spoke of that either. Some things are best forgotten by those that served. Let us never forget though the life that they fought for us to live.
Isn't it ironic? Soon, we hope we will be celebrating our world returning to normal. Like those of the past we will be coming back to a world where many people will be missing and people will have been unable to mourn their dead in the traditional way.. We wont have spent as many years as those that suffered the wars did and hopefully our country will not have to work so hard to recover. We will have missed our freedom for a short time in comparison. Yet again though the many will owe so much to so few. Let us never forget what they have done for us either. Cllr Wendy Croucher, Chair of General Purposes & Community Engagement Committee
Posted: Thu, 07 May 2020 20:12 by Jan Roomes