VE Day 75

Published: 11 May 2020


On Friday 8 May 2020 at 11.00am Councillor Nicholas Busvine OBE, Mayor of Sevenoaks, laid a wreath at the Vine War Memorial followed by a two minute silence when the traffic spontaneously stopped and vehicle occupants also paid their respects, together with the small group of residents gathered near the Memorial. The Mayor said: ‘Thank you to the great generation who sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. We will never forget you.’

In the nearby Vine Gardens peace doves are displayed in the sensory bed tended by Soroptimist International Sevenoaks. These will remain in place for the commemoration of VJ Day 75 on 15 August. One member made 26 doves as part of the 2.6 Challenge to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK.

During the afternoon residents celebrated VE Day by decorating their homes with bunting and flags, having doorstep parties and raising a toast to the National Heroes of WW11.