WOODLEY Town Council have come up with creative ways for residents to celebrate VE Day together, from their homes, after public celebrations of the event were forced to be cancelled.

Following the Government's decision to extend the coronavirus lockdown by a minimum of three more weeks, the joint VE-Day and May Day public celebrations, previously organised by Woodley Town Council in partnership with Woodley Town Centre, were cancelled.

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However, the two organisations have come up with some safe solutions to this, in order to help residents celebrate.

A spokesman for Woodley Town Council and Woodley Town Centre said: "Woodley Town Council and Woodley Town Centre would like to encourage its residents to participate while adhering to the social distancing rules.

"Why not host a picnic in your garden or lounge and decorate your home red, white and blue? Here are some suggestions from the official organisers.

"At 2.55pm Buglers, trumpeters and cornet players might like to consider playing the Last Post from the safety of their front or back garden, outside their front door or from their balcony or window.

"As with playing the Last Post, individual pipers could play 'Battle's O'er' from their front or back garden from 3pm, at their front door or from their balcony or window.

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"We would very much like to encourage you all to still take part in the Nation’s Toast from the safety of your homes to pay tribute to the many millions in the United Kingdom and overseas who sacrificed so much to secure the freedom we have today.

"We would invite you stand at 3pm and raise a glass or cup of refreshment of your choice and undertake the following toast: “For those that gave so much, we thank you.”

"Town criers and others who wish to take part can perform the Cry for Peace from their front or back garden, at their front door or from their balcony or window.

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"Please don’t perform from a place that might encourage people to gather."

The words for the Cry for Peace can be found on the download page of the VE Day 75 website, veday75.org.

The celebration will take place on May 8, marking the 75th anniversary since the Allied victory in Europe, marking the end of the Second World War in the continent.