Coronavirus: Lee-on-the-Solent VE75 celebrations are postponed due to virus pandemic

PLANS to commemorate the end of the Second World War in Europe have been put on hold until further notice.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 4:02 pm

Organisers had planned for VE75 to be celebrated in Lee-on-the-Solent from May 8 to 10 this year.

But following the coronavirus outbreak and the government guidelines announced surrounding VE75 celebrations, the decision has been made to postpone the event until later in the year.

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Jonathan Moore, who is helping to organise the celebrations, said: ‘We’ve been listening to lose of people but ultimately were waiting on what the government had to say.

‘The event is going to be the largest in Hampshire, but the safety of everyone involved is paramount.

‘The government is scaling back celebrations so we’ve now made the decision to postpone the event.’

A new date for the commemorations has not yet been revealed, but Mr Moore says something is still going to happen on May 8 – which is VE Day itself.

‘We are disappointed but understand that this does happen and we will still prevail.

‘We don’t have a date yet because we don’t know when the pandemic will come to an end.

‘But to keep the red, white and blue flying in Lee-on-the-Solent we will be putting out flags and bunting in the town on May 8.

‘We’ve brought a lot of people together and hope to get through this as a community. We will carry on.’

For more updates people can search for Lee VE75 on Facebook.