VE DayPosted: Friday 01st May
Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) is a day to celebrate the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces on 8th May 1945 and this year is the 75th anniversary of this momentous occasion.
And, even though in 2020, we have to stay at home to protect the NHS and to save lives, we can still celebrate and cheer those who fought for our country in the Second World War as well as respecting social distancing by getting out into our gardens or balconies or hanging bunting from our windows. We can recreate the sights and sounds of the VE Day very simply and keep our spirits up in the wartime tradition.
Bunting and Flags
To mark the occasion of the 75th anniversary of VE Day and to share your pride in our country why don’t you make your own “Great British Bunting”? All you need to get started is any paper, cereal boxes, string, ribbon, sweet wrappers, felt pens, poster paint – whatever you have or can find,
Decorate your bunting with pictures of whatever inspires you, whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or whether it’s a celebration of enduring peace or your very own personal hero.
Or making bunting can be even easier with a visit online to The Works which is the place for those essential art & crafting supplies to make your red, white and blue bunting and with crafts for kids, the little ones can get involved too.
Supplies start from £2
DIY templates from BBC
Due to the coronavirus restrictions most VE Day 75 events and street parties have had to be cancelled or postponed but we still want you to be able to mark the occasion, share your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2.
You can make your own special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home.
Recipe - Victoria Sponge
And no party is complete without a cake and nothing is more traditional than a Victoria Sponge…so easy to make.
For the cake
- 200g caster sugar
- 200g softened butter
- 4 eggs beaten
- 200g self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp milk
For the filling
- 100g butter softened
- 140g icing sugar, sifted
- Half a 340g jar of good quality strawberry jam
- Icing sugar to decorate
- Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper.
- In a large bowl, beat200g caster sugar, 200g softened butter, 4 beaten eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 2 tbsp milk together until you have a smooth, soft batter.
- Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatulaor the back of a spoon.
- Bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed.
- Turn onto a cooling rackand leave to cool completely.
- To make the filling, beat the 100g softened butter until smooth and creamy, then gradually beat in 140g sifted icing sugar and a drop of vanilla extract (if you’re using it).
- Spreadthe buttercream over the bottom of one of the sponges. Top it with 170g strawberry jam and sandwich the second sponge on top.
- Dust with a little icing sugar before serving. Keep in an airtight containerand eat within 2 days.
Let M&S do the work and treat yourself
Or to make things even easier, M&S Food Halls remain open. Treat yourself to a cake, scones, cupcakes or maybe a sandwich or two. Traditional sweets like humbugs or Rhubarb and Custards would be lovely additions to the celebrations too.
The sounds of the era
Take yourself back to the days of Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller and practice your Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancing with music and videos from HMV. And don’t forget to send us your videos.
Prices start form £6.99
And for more inspiration
Pay a visit to Waterstones online to see their range of Second World War books, it’s a lovely way for the children to learn history as part of their home schooling.
Prices start from £9.99.
There is even a 500 piece jigsaw for them to enjoy (£10.99)
* All items are subject to availability.