Bells ring out to mark VE Day

Just Regional
May 8, 2020 2 mins read

The church bells will be ringing out in Aylsham and across the county today in celebration of peace and VE Day.

The sound of bells is deeply rooted in British culture, providing the soundtrack to our historic moments – calling us to pray, to work, to arms, to celebrate and, in times of crisis, to come together.

And today, the sound of a church bell will be heard in town for the first time since lockdown began to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day alongside other celebrations which can be followed in our own homes – separately, but together.

At 11am there will be a two minutes silence to remember the fallen and from noon everyone is being encouraged to share a 1940s style afternoon tea by having cake and sandwiches in their own home and posting photos on social media for others to share.

At 3pm we are all being urged to raise a glass to toast the heroes of the Second World War by saying: “To those who gave so much, we thank you.”

At 7pm the church bell will ring for peace and then, at 9pm, we can all gather around our televisions to hear the Queen address the nation.

They are not the celebrations everyone had planned for, but they mean we can all come together in small ways.

Earlier in the day the church held a virtual coffee morning on Zoom, and prayers were said for all those who lost their lives in the war.

On Sunday there will be an online VE Day service which can be joined via the church Facebook page and website. It starts at 10.15am.

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