Welcome to the Virtual VE Day 75 celebration.

We have a lot of new and exciting virtual resources to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the ‘Victory in Europe’ (VE Day).

Find out more below or visit our social media pages.

Get involved!

Try our Downloads, Resources & Quizzes

You can check out the wide range of resources, downloads and quizzes we have provided using the menu at the top of each VE Day 75 page.

8-day countdown

Get in the spirit by following along with our 8-day countdown, including a range of activities to do each day from the 1 May to 8 May 2020.

Virtual Disco (7:30pm, 8 May)

On VE Day, at 7.30pm, the Festival Too Chairman Mark Stanford will be hosting a virtual disco so that you can keep the party going, leading up to the national singing of “We’ll Meet Again”, following on from an address by HM The Queen at 9pm. Listen in to the show on Friday 8 May 2020.

Get sharing!

Send your #VEDay75WN pictures by email to storiesoflynn@alivewestnorfolk.co.uk

Or tagging in Stories of Lynn on social media and include #VEDay75WN

Some of the best #VEDay75WN posts will be shared on the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk social media channels and one family will be invited to the Mayor’s parlour for tea and a tour of the town hall.

Messages from the Mayor and Canon Adrian

The Mayor & Mayoress of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Geoff & Rose Hipperson, were pleased to join staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for a video call that included the Nation’s Toast at 3pm on VE Day, Friday 8 May 2020. It gave the Mayor a chance to toast the heroes from 75 years ago and some of our NHS heroes today.

You can also view the Mayor’s previous message that was release before the VE Day weekend.

We also have a #VEDay75WN broadcast from Canon Adrian Ling, Mayor’s Chaplain and Rector of South & West Lynn.

War-time cookery poll results

The winner of the War Time Cookery Poll was the ‘Date and Walnut Loaf’ with 49% of the votes.

Kathy Hipperson, Food Historian, explains how to make our winning war-time recipe of date and walnut loaf from her kitchen in west Norfolk.

You can also view the recipes for each of the war-time cookery meals below:

Date and Walnut Loaf

  • ½ lb. dates
  • 3 ozs. sugar
  • 1 teaspoonful bicarbonate soda
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 pint boiling water
  • 1-2 ozs. chopped walnuts
  • ½ lb. flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ozs. margarine
  • Salt

Savoury Roll

  • ½ lb. potato suet paste
  • 1 oz. crumbs
  • 4 oz. finely chopped cooked meat
  • Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon of mixed herbs

Potato Short Bread

  • 3 ozs. margarine
  • 4 ozs. warm mashed potato
  • 2 ozs. rice flour
  • 3 ozs. flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 ozs. sugar
  • A little almond flavouring

Date and Apple Pasty

  • Pastry
  • Dates
  • Apples

Further resources

Discover and share your WW2 history

There are many online resources to discover your local and family Second World War histories and connections:

Ancestry.co.uk has made all its UK historical records free from 4 May to 10 May, so you can discover personal stories and the role your family played in the Second World War.