Hats off to our district as Irlam, Cadishead and Hollins Green was turned into a sea of red, white and blue to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day and the end of fighting during the Second World War in Europe.
A two minutes silence at 11am was observed across the area, especially at the Hollins Green war memorial that had been specially decorated for the occasion. Around a hundred residents and passers-by observed social distancing advice, sharing silent memories and respecting those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The silence was followed by the talented singer Helen England who sang some of the Vera Lynn wartime classics before finishing off with Nessun Dorma. Moving, memorable and magical…
In Cadishead Cumberland and Kitchener Avenue were both decked out in Union Jacks, with barbecues and music systems ready to be fired up for the celebrations in front of people’s homes again keeping to the distancing guidelines. One resident even took time to paint Union Jacks on paving slabs along the street, brilliant!
Ferndown Avenue in Irlam, had residents playing hopscotch and house bingo, with medals and old photos on display. A cracking and fun VE Day celebration enjoyed by the residents.
On Sandiway, the road was adorned with bunting and flags, with residents setting up front garden picnics, enjoying a game of garden darts and just a glass or two of something cooling, honestly! The 11am two minutes silence ended brilliantly with resident and Cadishead Public Band member Katie Finch playing the last post, inspirational. Residents were later invited to take part in the communal singing of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm to round off the celebrations.
On Boat Lane and Farnham Drive residents joined in the VE Day celebrations with plenty of bunting, flags and balloons decorating their homes and a street party from peoples own front gardens adding to the fun. James Fryer, currently in his training with the army Royal Logistics Corps, even dressed up as a World War II American forces Airborne Trooper (something he enjoys doing with a re-enactment group across the North West).
Talented joiner Howard Wellock added to the VE Day celebrations in a memorable way on Marlborough Road by making a number of cut-out silhouettes of soldiers. He even made Winston Churchill and his famous victory salute adding a poignant reminder to the celebrations on the road.
Residents of Broomhouse and Rose Avenue, and many other streets and roads around the district, held their own celebrations to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.
Well done to all those that made the effort and respected social distancing measures that are in place. It made a wonderful, if only temporary, distraction from the current issues we are all facing.
Remembering those that have served our country is something that we should never forget…