"My dear friends, this is your hour.
"This is not victory of a party or of any class.
"It’s a victory of the great British nation as a whole."
- Winston Churchill
Last Friday, Abbeyfield houses and homes across the country celebrated and commemorated the 75th anniversary of VE day. Adorning their homes in red, white and blue our residents and staff enjoyed sharing stories, listening to songs from the past and tucking in to familiar foods like spam fritters and scones.
It was a day filled with smiles as the sun shone down over the UK.
Why do we celebrate VE Day?
VE Day falls on 8 May as that date marked the end of World War Two in Europe, meaning that this year is the 75th anniversary of the important date. After Adolf Hitler died, his successor Karl Donitz authorised Germany’s surrender, and 50,000 people descended upon Piccadilly Circus to wave flags, dance and sing in the street.The day was declared a national holiday from then onwards.
Joyce Frost, Abbeyfield resident at Hale Court said, “When the end of WWII was announced I was in Liverpool on the beach at Blundellsands. As soon as we heard the news we rushed into the pub and celebrated."
Having served as a WREN at Bletchley, cracking German enigma codes throughout the war, Joyce was one of hundreds of women to play a vital part in the war effort.
"It wasn’t until 1974 when I could finally tell my husband of my job during the war. It was safe to say he was shocked when I told him I was cracking German enigma codes.”