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Poignant and moving scenes as VE Day anniversary is marked

12 May 2020

There was nostalgia and remembrance in the air as residents marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day with poignant tributes.

Houses across the borough were decked out in special bunting as the community came together to mark the moment Winston Churchill announced the end of the war in Europe.

The special day included a 2 minutes' silence in honour of the fallen, a nationwide singalong and a special toast in honour of those who served on the frontline.

A number of local care homes also took part, with special decorations, events and afternoon teas for their residents to enjoy.

The day ended on a high note for the residents of Half Acre House Care Home in Rochdale, with their beautiful rendition of Vera Lynn's 'we'll meet again' striking a chord across the land.

In addition, the council asked people send in VE Day photographs and the response was fantastic, with lovely pictures showing the unique ways residents commemorated the anniversary.

'The commemorations did the borough of Rochdale proud'

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for the Armed Forces said, "It was a moving and poignant day, as thousands of people toasted the moment the guns fell silent across Europe. I was touched to see residents of all ages marking the anniversary in their special way. The commemorations did the borough of Rochdale proud. We owe so much to that generation and it was fitting that the sun shone brightly, to mark the moment the scourge of evil was defeated and the clouds lifted across Europe."

She added: "I was particularly pleased to see so many care homes joining in the day, with special events for their residents. The iconic photographs show what the anniversary meant to people, as it was fittingly marked in streets, towns and villages across the borough. Many thanks to everyone who played their part. Lest we forget."