The planned events to mark VE Day 75 were cancelled over a month ago due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

However even though we are at home and still in lockdown there are still things each household can do to mark this very important historical event.


2.55pm: The playing of the Last Post

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. We would ask you not to play in an area that could attract a group of people however.

3pm: The piping of Battle’s O’er and VE 75 Years

As with playing the Last Post, individual pipers could play these two stirring marches from their front or back garden, at their front door or from their balcony or window. It is extremely important to adhere to the Government’s restrictions so bands will not be able to play together and individual pipers should not perform in areas that might attract people.

3pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW II

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.” This will be the first time such a tribute has ever taken place so please encourage others to join in from their own homes.

Let’s see if we can get everyone outside the front of their houses at 3pm on Friday 8th May in Llantwit Major and toast our WWII Heroes.