Allerdale Mayor encouraging people to celebrate VE Day at home
The Mayor of Allerdale is encouraging people across the borough to celebrate VE Day at home, paying tribute to the sacrifices made 75 years ago.
Cllr Hilary Harrington is leading calls for residents to get behind the occasion which marks the end of the Second World War in Europe.
As social distancing measures remain in place, physical celebrations and parades are not able to take place but people across the country will still be marking the occasion with virtual parties, home art projects and by decorating landmarks.
And Cllr Harrington is encouraging people to play their part in remembering this historic anniversary.
"It is very important that remember those gallant service personnel who fought so bravely to keep us safe," Cllr Harrington said.
"As a country we owe them a great deal of gratitude for the heroic efforts all those years ago. It is disappointing we cannot take part in previously-planned events but it is imperative we help keep everyone in our community as safe as possible during this time.
"Whatever you choose to do to mark the occasion please stay safe, stay at home and maintain social distancing."
Allerdale Borough Council will be marking the day by raising the VE Day flag, although no ceremony will take place. The council and the Mayor's office are encouraging people to utilise the VE Day 75 toolkit on the official website which contains printable bunting, colouring in posters for windows, customisable posters and graphics for social media to aid any celebrations. Go tohttps://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/ for more information.
Cumbria County Council has also created its own VE Day at home pack. To access it, go to: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/eLibrary/Content/Internet/535/6004/43955115634.pdf.