Councillor Fran Treanor, whose tenure as Mayor of Louth has been extended by four months due to the coronavirus crisis, has urged residents to ‘play their part’ by celebrating the occasion in their own way, from the safety of their homes.
Coun Treanor said: “In light of the current pandemic situation, I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the people of Louth who have listened to, and obeyed, the Government’s instructions in helping to keep our lovely town relatively safe from the coronavirus.
“We are in unprecedented times due to the lockdown and social distancing, and it is only by keeping to these rules can we hope to beat this silent, deadly killer.
“Every day we hear tales of heroism, care and compassion from our health workers, to whom we are eternally grateful, not forgetting other important key workers, who keep this country on its feet.
“As you know, a lot of public events have either been cancelled or postponed and this includes the forthcoming 75th anniversary of VE Day, which commemorates the Victory in Europe during World War II.
“This was being celebrated by a whole day of activities in the town on Friday, May 8, which unfortunately had to be cancelled.
“Let us remember the millions who so selflessly gave their lives at home and abroad, whose sacrifice enables us to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today.
“You too can play your part by displaying bunting, flags, and possibly creating a ‘virtual’ afternoon tea, for example.
“The day will commence with a two minute silence at 11am, and at 3pm a toast to the fallen comrades. For those that gave so much, we thank you.
“The Queen will broadcast a Message to the Nation from Windsor Castle at 9pm.
“We hope that you all keep safe and follow the Government’s advice.”
Keeping to the social distancing measures, the mayor and mayoress will be laying a wreath at the war memorial and the mayor will be reading the official Pageant Master’s words.
Gary Denniss, the chairman of Louth Independent Traders which had been organising a VE Day celebration market in Louth, is instead encouraging people to take part in the national ‘Stay At Home’ street party initiative - which involves decorating your house with red, white and blue, pulling a table and chairs to the end of your driveway, and enjoying a picnic and a few drinks - while adhering to the two-metre rule.
The event takes place between 4pm and 6pm this Friday, and we would love to see your pictures after the event!
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