Heroic Lee-on-the-Solent key workers 'let their hair down' to celebrate VE Day in style

KEY workers living in a ‘tiny cul-de-sac’ were ‘able to let their hair down’ as they rallied to celebrate VE Day.

Friday, 8th May 2020, 7:32 pm
Updated Friday, 8th May 2020, 8:12 pm
Matt Blake celebrates with The Queen. Picture: Sarah Standing (080520-1817)

Police, military personnel and NHS workers living in Magister Drive, at Cherque Farm, Lee-on-the-Solent all united to throw a party.

Families dressed up for the occasion in vintage costumes and decked their house with bunting and flags.

Sarah Malcolm, who has lived in the street for 13 years, said it was a fantastic atmosphere for all the key workers in her road.

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Sarah Malcolm who helped organise the street party. Picture: Sarah Standing (080520-1821)

The 44-year-old, who works in the NHS as a locality director leading on urgent care transformation, said: ‘It’s been the first time we’ve been able to let our hair down and talk to each other outside of work. It feels very weird.

‘I work for the NHS. There are about five or six who work for the military, another is a police officer and one is a nurse.

‘But it’s nice to be able to come together as a community.’

Festivities started at 11am with the two-minutes’ silence, followed by the 3pm toast, and a party at 4pm.

Residents of Magister Drive got together for a social distanced photograph. Picture: Sarah Standing (080520-8440)

Sarah added the support for NHS and all her fellow key workers had been ‘amazing’ since lockdown began.

‘It’s been a really stressful time but some really great things have come out of it,’ she added.

‘Hopefully this has made people realise how to use the health service and to not abuse it, which can sometimes happen.’

Alan and Trish Long dressed up for the street party. Picture: Sarah Standing (080520-1803)
Magister Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent, held a street party for VE Day on Friday, May 8. Pictured is: (l-r) Mel Ward (53) with her husband Mark (55) and their children Max (29) and Frankie (25). Picture: Sarah Standing (080520-8458)