Wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared May 8 a public holiday and Victory in Europe (VE) Day was met with parties, dancing and singing in the streets.
This year’s May Day bank holiday was switched from Monday May 4 to Friday May 8 to allow for a long weekend of 75th anniversary commemorations.
But now, under lockdown and social distancing measures, events will have to be far more subdued.
We’ve also devised a VE Day Stay at Home Itinerary:
9am | Create a Wartime classics Playlist
10 am | hang up your bunting
11am | Take part in 2 minutes silence
12pm | Bake some traditional scones
1pm | World War trivia quiz
2pm | Cream tea in the garden
2.45pm | Winston Churchill’s speech on BBC1
3pm | Raise a glass for the nation’s toast
8pm |Join in on the national singalong BBC1
9pm | Watch the Queen’s speech on BBC1