A PACKED schedule of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been organised for a Moorlands town. A street party, the special planting of a dedicated tree and even the possibility of a fly-over are just some of the events set for Cheadle to mark the day in 1945 when allied forces in World War II accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The weekend of jovial community activity will begin on Friday, May 8 and last until Sunday, May 10.
Councillor Dave Sargeant of Cheadle Town Council, which is organising the event, told the Times and Echo of what the up-to-date plans are for the three days.
“Friday will launch the event and will be started by a bagpiper playing two particular songs, one of which will be composed for the day,” he stated.
“The main thing will be the street party from Cross Street and all the way down the high street with tables and chairs on the street.
“There will be plenty of entertainment on the day too.”
Cllr Sargeant confirmed that there would be a road closure.
He continued: “On Saturday, Team Cheadle will host an event at the Guild Hall – ‘Music through the Decades’ from the 1940s onwards.
“There will be live music as well as a disco. On the Sunday, there is going to be a church service at St Giles the Abbot Church from 10.30am before a parade to the recreation ground where local schools involved will place mementos on the war memorial there.
“There will also be the planting of an official tree in memorial. A sweet chestnut will be dedicated on the day and then there will be the finale of the three days on the memorial garden.
“We have also registered for a fly-over for Saturday but timings would need to be confirmed.”
Cllr Sargeant stated that two businesses had given donations towards the running of the celebrations.
He said: “Two businesses sponsoring the event have come forward and given donations.
“MJS and New Haden Pumps have demonstrated their generosity to the community event.”
Residents are encouraged to take part in the three-day event with people also invited to wear 40s style dress if they so wish.
Cllr Sargeant said: “From our point of view, through a town council-led event, we’ve been working with local groups such as Team Cheadle, the library, Churches Together and others who are all getting fully behind the event.
“We encourage the local community to come along and take advantage of celebrations.
“There will be more details to follow.”
Alongside donations and sponsorships, Cheadle Town Council have set £5,000 of their yearly budget aside for the event.
Meanwhile, the Government has extended the time that pubs, bars and clubs are licenced to trade by two hours for the celebrations.
The early May Bank Holiday has been moved from Monday 4 to Friday 8 to coincide with VE Day celebrations, and therefore the Government has stated that on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, the cut-off point will move from 11pm to 1am the following morning.
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