Local Assembly Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, welcomed news that the celebrations planned to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day , which were due to take place on May 8th, are to be put on hold. The UK Government is urging people to have home parties on the day rather than street parties which many people had been planning, in order to maintain social distancing and help keep people safe.
It has been suggested that the celebrations are moved from May to VJ Day in mid-August instead. Rather than hold street parties on May 8th “home parties” could take place with everyone invited to join in a UK-wide rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” to mark the anniversary at 9pm on May 8th.
Speaking today Mr Ramsay said: “I appreciate this is an important day in the country’s calendar, but we have to accept this year is very different.
“The country today faces a threat very different from that in the Second World War, but in its own way it’s still deadly.
“We need to adopt the stoic, good humoured wartime attitude of our ancestors in our approach to this pandemic and be patient until the worst has passed.
“There will be time in the future to mark this important anniversary and I urge everyone to follow the current guidelines and stay safe.”