Victory in Europe day special - Thursday 7 May

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Here's a selection of fun activities for you today...

What happened on VE Day

Victory in Europe Day

Victory in Europe (VE) Day marks the end of fighting with Nazi Germany, and the end of World War Two in Europe. On the 8 May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill made an announcement on the radio at 3pm that the war in Europe was finally over, following Germany's surrender.

Learn more >

VE Day Song

VE Day sing-a-long

On the 8 May 1945, the Nazis surrendered and victory in Europe was declared. Sadly, millions lost their lives during this six-year war, however, the millions who survived went on to celebrate with many VE Day parties across the country. Parties went on for quite some time. This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Victory in Europe and CBBC's Horrible Histories have made a song to celebrate.

Get singing >



The Royal British Legion is committed to ensuring that Remembrance is understood and available to every child and community in the UK. Understanding the shared heritage of Remembrance helps bring communities together, and ensures that we recognise the service and sacrifice of past and present generations. 

Free VE Day resources, aimed at seven to 14-year-olds, are available for schools and parents at home.

Find out more >

British Legion

National Literacy Trust with the British Legion

The British Legion has partnered with the National Literacy Trust to create a series of downloadable, free to use, lesson plans and assemblies aimed at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 that can be used to explain to children of different ages and backgrounds why, how and who we remember.

See lesson plans and resources >

THAMES singing

Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service launch their summer singing challenge!

Over the next six weeks, the Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) are encouraging children, families and schools to get singing. During these challenging times, THAMES want to bring people together through the joy of singing. They will announce a new song every couple of weeks, providing lyric sheets and backing tracks.

The first song is the wartime favourite We’ll Meet Again made famous by Vera Lynn. As the country marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, now more than ever it is important to come together and unite.

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Coronavirus updates and advice

The council is supporting the nation's efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus, while running our most critical services and supporting our residents, including those that are vulnerable.  

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Stay at home

More on staying healthy, happy and entertained at home

In addition to the highlights featured here, the council has put together a whole host of resources to help families and individuals stay happy, healthy and entertained while they spend more time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

From online Idea Store materials to educational activities, learning a new skill or hobby, taking a virtual museum or zoo tour, keeping fit or just having pure fun, we've got it all in one place.

More activities and resources >


The Healthy Lives Team will be back with another newsletter for you on Monday 11th May. Stay safe and enjoy the long weekend!

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