VE Day special
This week we celebrate the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
8 May 1945, VE Day, marked an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering to the populations of entire countries.
Within Epsom and Ewell over 16,000 homes had been destroyed or damaged by bombing during the war as the borough lay in what became known as 'doodle bug alley’.
Millions of people rejoiced in the news that Germany had surrendered, relieved that the strain of the war was finally over. In Epsom and Ewell, as they did across the UK, people marked the victory with street parties, dancing and singing.
This Bank Holiday Friday, 8 May, was meant to see celebrations across the UK to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. However most planned events have been officially cancelled as a result of Covid-19.
In this special issue of eBorough Insight, we look at ways we can mark the occasion, what some in our community are planning and some memories from 75 years ago.