Pershore Abbey Community
Pershore Abbey Community commemorated VE75 virtually with several videos on their YouTube Channel and Facebook page:
Service of Reflection
- Video of the display at St Andrew’s created by Trudy Burge
- 11am Mayor of Pershore led 2 minutes silence with a Remembrance video
- 12 noon Premiere of the video of VE60 with the Band of the Royal Marines from 2005
- 3pm The National Toast
- 5pm Video from the Cemetery of the Cross Of Sacrifice remembering those buried far away from home
- 7pm live broadcast of the Abbey bell being rung by Revd Claire Lording
- 8.30pm Remembering Pershore’s WW2 fallen with the poppy petals falling from the bell tower (using archive footage)
In addition, the garden at the front of St Andrew’s was planted by our Eco Church with red, white and blue flowers to bloom throughout the Summer towards VJ Day and the end of hostilities in September.
Display at St Andrew’s Parish Centre for residents to see on their daily exercise - this was removed at 7.15pm but the plants will hopefully bloom throughout the year. The Teddy bear is Pershore Abi our Abbey mascot. Rocks were painted by Pershore Rocks group
Pershore Commemorative Garden which was dedicated and blessed 9 years ago today on 8th May 2011. The £10,000 to create this was raised by the late Ted Annis, Chairman of Pershore Royal Naval Association. More red, white and blue flowers planted to help the pollinators
Beechcombe Close Celebrations by Joan May
On the 75th Anniversary of the end of the war in Europe (VE Day) there were services, parades and commemoration events planned throughout the country including those in Pershore. The latest Coronavirus pandemic saw all these being cancelled. I am of the more mature generation and had parents who were involved in WW2. Many of my neighbours are of the same generation as me and I decided to mark the occasion with a Street Party. The lockdown meant this had to be a very different party. Bring your own food, drink, chair and decorations the invite said and oh yes you can’t mix but must keep your distance. Who would have thought that was a recipe for a good party?
I put invites along the Street, Beechcombe Close and the houses that back on to it on Station Road. I had no idea if anyone would join us but with the weather set fair it didn’t matter if my husband and I were the only ones.
We decorated the house with bunting, flags and balloons. We even had to decorate the motorhome because the battery was flat and we couldn’t move it! Pete organised a PA system through his guitar amp and we had microphone and music ready to go. At 2.30 we had everyone out on their front garden ready to enjoy some fun. I gave out a quiz, with the aid of the telescopic pole I use for cleaning the windows, ensuring I was more than 2metres away from everybody. Checking the microphone level it was obvious the whole Street could hear me (probably the whole of Pershore could) and I announced the afternoons events.
At 3p.m. we raised a glass to the fallen and remembered the sacrifices that had been made by so many. One of our youngest residents Sam Mardle who is 11 played the last post on his trumpet from the lounge window (upstairs in our upside down houses) and a minutes silence followed. We then gave a rousing round of applause for all the others who help in the fight for victory. The quiz answers were read out over the loud speaker system the winners being Carol and Paul with 17.5 out of 20. I then organised the only socially distance game I could think of ‘heads and tails’. Everyone joined in, some reluctantly, but all smiling. All the while we had 1940s music playing so all at the party could hear and many joined in singing the well known ones. We also had a birthday to celebrate. One of the neighbours was born on VE Day and so was 75 that Friday. I won’t give a name because a lady should be able to keep here age secret.
Lots of chat, laughter and enjoyment of a small sense of normality was enjoyed for the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening. There were shouts of “We must do this again”, how about August 15th VJ Day?
1945 & WWII QUIZ for 75th ANNIVERSARY VE DAY
1. Who was the last person to be Prime Minister during WW2 (until July 1945)?
2. Who was on the throne during the war years?
3. What month in 1939 was the start date of WW2?
4. Which country did Germany invade to start the war?
5. Which battle did General Montgomery lead the victory of?
6. Approximately how many children were evacuated away from cities to the countryside?
7. What age could you leave school in 1945?
8. What was the nickname given to Japanese fighter pilots?
9. Where was the Battle of Britain fought?
10. What was the code name given to the allied invasion of Europe?
11. When did the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk by a flotilla of small boats take place?
12. How many were killed when Coventry was bombed in November 1940? 200/600/1000
13. Which event resulted in USA being fully involved in WW2?
14. Who became President of US following the death of Roosevelt in April 1945?
15. Which was the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WW2?
16. VE Day is May 8th but when is VJ Day?
17. What was the name of the machine used to break the German codes?
18. How old did you have to be to qualify for conscription/National Service during WW2?
19. How many consecutive nights was London bombed for in the Blitz? 32/45/57
20. Where did German commander Wilhelm Keitler sign the final surrender on May 8th 1945?
1. Winston Churchill
2. George VI
5. El Alamein
6. 1.5 million
9. Skies over Britain
11. May 1940
13. Pearl Harbour
15. Channel Islands
16. August 15th