Wigan Borough VE Day Commemorations
08-10th May 2020
The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May, and enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in our country’s history.
The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front.
As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families. Commemorative events will take place over the 3-day weekend across the country, including:
• the Nation’s Toast, where over 20,000 pubs will encourage patrons to raise a glass to the Heroes of World War II
• bagpipers playing the traditional Battle’s O’er at the top of the 4 highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, Mount Snowdon in Wales, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland
• bells in churches and cathedrals across the country joining forces in a special Ringing Out for Peace
• street parties and celebrations across the 3-day weekend
VE Day marked an historic moment in not only our nation’s, but the world’s history and it is important that we commemorate this great occasion on its 75th anniversary. Honoring those who did their duty – whether on the battlefields of Europe or through their efforts and sacrifices here at home.
Moving the May bank holiday to VE Day itself is a right and fitting tribute. It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and Honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation. The Leader wants to organise a central event in Mesnes Park to bring the whole Borough together for a celebration/commemoration event over the May Bank Holiday weekend 08/10th May. He wants to make a weekend of it with a 2-day event in Mesnes Park on Friday and Saturday 08/09th May followed by church services across the Borough on Sunday 10th
It will be a carnival and street party atmosphere which will commence with a parade through the town starting and finishing at the park. There will be military and local bands playing in the band stand, veterans sweetheart type singers, fairground attractions, bouncy castles and the like. Food and drink outlets and a real street party atmosphere to resemble the celebrations
which took place 75 years ago. We also want to put on different attractions such as a vintage car, motorbike show, military vehicles and a military village, as much as we can muster.
We want vintage vehicles and motorbikes to take part in the parade as well as floats from companies and different wards from across Wigan and Leigh replicating the town carnivals that used to take place years ago.
8 May 2020
8:00 am - 5:30 pm
9 May 2020
10:00 am - 4:30 pm