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Redbridge residents celebrate VE Day 75th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 May 2020 | UPDATED: 16:02 12 May 2020

A VE Day display in Hanover Gardens. Picture: David Martin

A VE Day display in Hanover Gardens. Picture: David Martin

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Residents across Redbridge celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE Day in style.

David Martin and Norman Hagger are both survivors of a VE day celebration. Picture: David MartinDavid Martin and Norman Hagger are both survivors of a VE day celebration. Picture: David Martin

People have sent us photos showing how they marked the milestone on Friday (May 8), commemorating the end of the Second World War.

Former Second World War air gunner Max Bean was in attendance. Picture: David MartinFormer Second World War air gunner Max Bean was in attendance. Picture: David Martin

Despite the coronavirus outbreak restricting any large gatherings, the borough’s residents managed to hold street parties while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

David Martin and his wife Barbara out celebrating the 75th anniversary. Picture: Martine SholemDavid Martin and his wife Barbara out celebrating the 75th anniversary. Picture: Martine Sholem

The day’s events included Fairlop historian David Martin playing the all clear air raid siren in Hanover Gardens, following two minutes of silence.

Neighbours on Crescent Road, South Woodford celebrate VE day - socially distant style. Picture: Karen SmithNeighbours on Crescent Road, South Woodford celebrate VE day - socially distant style. Picture: Karen Smith

Thanks to a loudspeaker the siren was heard three streets away.

Karen Smith from Fitgirlslim conducting a Karen Smith from Fitgirlslim conducting a "wartime workout". Picture: Keith White

Following that David played Caliban’s Dream from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Residents of Crescent Road in South Woodford doing the workout. Picture: Keith WhiteResidents of Crescent Road in South Woodford doing the workout. Picture: Keith White

David and Norman Hagger, who are both survivors from a VE Day celebration had their picture taken, standing two metres apart.

Neighbours worked out to pop tunes from the 1940s. Picture: Keith WhiteNeighbours worked out to pop tunes from the 1940s. Picture: Keith White

David said: “We plan to have a photo taken as in 1945 and a street party after Covid-19 is no more.”

Fairlop Ward Councillors Ruth Clark and Howard Berlin celebrating VE day. Picture: Howard BerlinFairlop Ward Councillors Ruth Clark and Howard Berlin celebrating VE day. Picture: Howard Berlin

In South Woodford fitness instructor Karen Smith held a wartime workout from her doorstep.

Karen’s neighbours exercised on the street in Crescent Road to pop music from the 1940s.


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