Keep calm and stay at home to celebrate VE Day

04/05/2020, PR-9390

​To help residents mark VE Day on Friday 8 May, Wakefield Council has created a unique party pack so that people can celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe - whilst staying safe at home.

As everyone continues to support the national effort to tackle the coronavirus, the Council has made sure that residents can still commemorate the day with everyone in their household and virtually with friends and family.

The party pack includes decorations to make at home, recipes from the 1940s, games and activities with links to the rules and even a Spotify VE day playlist and tea dance playlist.

Cllr Sandra Pickin, Wakefield Council's Armed Forces Champion, said: "I know many people have had to cancel their plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day but it is so important that we still mark this important day in our history and remind our children and young people about the sacrifices made by so many.

"I've heard from our residents some of the fantastic ways people are planning on celebrating to make it memorable and I hope the party pack we have created will help to make it even more special.

"Whatever your plans, please follow all the government's guidelines to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives."

You can view the party pack at

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Wakefield Museums and Castles will be sharing archive footage of past VE Day celebrations in Wakefield and photographs of events across the district on their new 'Discover the Extraordinary' blog, visit Follow @WFMuseums on Twitter and visit, and

The Council is also asking partners, businesses and residents to get involved in another #ThankHoliday on Friday 8 May to recognise the incredible dedication of key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

To join in, please share a message that includes #ThankHoliday on Friday morning – creativity is key! Alternatively, share or retweet the messages on Wakefield Council's social media accounts, at @MyWakefield on Facebook and Twitter.

Residents can find up to date information on the Council's dedicated coronavirus information web page at

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