Wickersley Parish Council was determined that the Covid-19 'Lockdown' would not stop local residents making the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and the end of the Second World War in Europe.
The Parish launched a new Facebook page to provide local residents with all they needed for a 'Do it yourself / Do it at home' VE75!
Cllr Sue Ellis, Wickersley Parish Council Chair, welcoming everyone to VE75
The Poppy Trail
The Parish Poppy Trail involved 30 Large poppies being placed in locations around Wickersley. There was no specific route to be followed as, with Lockdown, it was important to ensure people were able to socially distance event when outside.
This proved really popular and there was a lot of chat and banter on the Facebook pages as people traded locations!!!
Said Cllr Sue Ellis, Chair of the Parish Council, "Of all the activities we organised and were held to mark VE75, I think that the highlight for many was the Parish Poppy Trail – many people and families joined in while taking their daily exercise and used that opportunity to discover hidden parts of Wickersley as they sought the elusive Parish Poppies!! And it proved a great way for parents to talk to their children about the Second World War whilst on a walk looking for Poppies"
Some of the memorable images are below
Thanks to everyone who dressed up and 'paraded' in their back gardens!!
Sue Ellis, Parish Council Chair, back on the land!
Andrea Bacon, a Winthrop Gardens volunteer, looking good with her 1940's look
Alison Marshall, great supporter of Winthrop Gardens, ready to go out!!
Anna Chester, Winthrop Organiser, 'Woman of Steel'!
Pat Beighton, Parish Councillor - ready to party!!
Peter Thirlwall, Parish Councillor, taking the salute!
VE75 Video clips and messages
The day is here - VE75
Reflections from Sue Ellis, Chair of the Parish Council, on Women and War
VE75 Afternoon Teas
All the grand plans for marking the 75th Anniversary were cancelled due to Covid-19 and instead everyone was encouraged to take 'Tea in their Gardens' to mark the anniversary.
Cllr Sue and John Healey MP delivered 'VE75 Afternoon Teas' to a number of people in Wickersley with the compliments of the Parish Council
Tea in the Garden
On a glorious sunny day, across Wickersley - people 'trimmed up' with bunting and flags in preparation for their 'Tea in the Garden' and 'Loyal Toast' at 3pm!
And last but by no means least .......
Private and Mrs Pike - fact and fiction
Pictured below is David Pike, former Wickersley Parish Clerk, and his wife dressed up as the characters from Dads Army outside their home on St Alban's Way!!