VE Day celebrations in Oundle

Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime anthem “We’ll Meet Again” was the soundtrack for this year’s celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May. Its nostalgic optimism resonated with people’s feelings about separation and uncertainty in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the anniversary had to be scaled back due to the shutdown, Oundle turned out in style.
At the 11am two-minute silence, the Oundle Branch of the Royal British Legion quietly laid a wreath at the War Memorial in tribute to those who lost their lives.

Later in the afternoon, from houses festooned with homemade bunting, neighbours gathered in their front gardens and doorsteps to celebrate.

Across town celebrations included neighbours on Benefield Road (above) who sat in their front gardens for 4pm tea. A few streets away, but clearly audible in the silent afternoon, households on Clifton Drive lined the street to sing songs led by Christine Eames. In the centre of town, Douglas Butler organised an evening sing-along with Stephen Dalzell for West Street residents.

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