Havering will mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe by encouraging residents to host street parties across the borough on 8, 9 and 10 May 2020.
Whilst party organisers are usually subject to a fee if road closures are involved, this is being waived in support of the VE Day anniversaries.
Applicants for street parties should apply in good time to allow for the application to be processed and for potential road closures to be organised. The closing date for applications is 6 March 2020.
There will also entertainment in Romford Market on 9 May 2020 to celebrate the anniversary with music from Anthony Bygraves, son of singer Max Bygraves, and the Victory Vixens, who will be performing wartime classics, including ‘roll out the barrel’. Wartime weapons will also be on display under close supervision and an interactive activity from The Royal Pioneers will be giving children an idea of the importance of mine detection in WW2.
Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said:
“The 75th anniversary of VE Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life who saw us through this dark period. VE Day is a day of historical significance, and it saw millions of people take to the streets to celebrate the end of the war in Europe.
“We want to pay homage to those people and those street parties by hosting our own celebrations and encouraging people to do the same. Havering has such a strong community spirit and I encourage everyone to come together to celebrate our British heritage in style.”
To apply to hold a street party visit www.havering.gov.uk/veday75