Week beginning 4th May
VE Day 75th Anniversary
Friday 8 May 2020 marks 75 years since Nazi Germany's formal surrender at the end of the Second World War.
Music was incredibly important for raising morale during the war. Lots of people had a radio and were able to listen to recorded music at home. Before the war, only classical orchestral music was allowed to be played on radios, but during the war, people needed cheering up, so the BBC allowed some dance music to be played – this was very exciting! They also broadcast many songs from singers such as George Formby and Gracie Fields, and, of course, Vera Lynn, who sang songs that gave messages of hope, peace and love, such as The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again. Soldiers abroad also liked to tune into the radio to hear the songs that reminded them of home.
Below are some links to music that is used at VE Day celebrations, with information and activities.