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Langcliffe VE celebrations

Despite the necessary social isolation from others, Langcliffe residents were still very sociable on the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The villagers decorated homes and public spaces with red, white and blue. After a sing along version of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ people got out their picnics and the celebration began just after three pm. Allan Evans used songs from the war to keep the VE Day spirit high. Jean Jelley used a flag that had been displayed at the first VE day to decorate her house. She remembers wearing a red, white, and blue belt with a new knitted skirt to her street party. Another veteran of the first VE celebration Rod Meredith said, “Everyone did a turn at the North London VE Day street party and when I was lifted up on to the long table, at the age of almost five, I took a deep breath and with great confidence and panache, began my rendition of the song as I had heard it; ‘Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?
Yes! Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn’t you?’

Vice Chair of Langcliffe Parish, Helen Jarvis, explaining that ,although the war in Europe is at an end, face masks will be needed in 2020!

Pam Tye and Judith Allinson entertained the neighbours with ukulele and penny whistle when the broadcast music ended. The party ended at 6 pm for this group and all agreed they had had a wonderful time. A team of facilitators, including the Parish Council, ensured everything in place. Everyone did a first-class job. The residents thank everyone, and each other,  for all their efforts.

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