Celebrating the anniversary of VE whilst in lockdown

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People across the East are being urged to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day at home, after hundreds of planned celebrations were cancelled.

The traditional early May bank holiday was moved to Friday 8 May to help people honour the men and women who served.

However people are still being encouraged to celebrate- just this time at home and many have been finding very different ways to mark the end of war in Europe, on their computers and in their front gardens.

D-day hero Alan King will mark the day in his garden. Credit: ITV News Anglia

D-day hero Alan King should've been taking part in a service at Westminster Abbey and a parade down The Mall. Instead the 95 year old will be lowering the union flag in his front garden in Eye in Suffolk.

Alan will mark the day in his garden with his daughter by his side. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Lockdown has meant that hundreds of events across the region have had to be abandoned - like the Duxford Air Festival in Cambridgeshire.

Duxford Airfield Festival is one of many events that have been cancelled. Credit: ITV News Anglia

However many are still talking place- just moving online. A digital service will be held at Norwich Cathedral on Youtube, which will be attended by General Lord Dannatt.

Credit: Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park -the home of the codebreakers near Milton Keynes - is closed of course too. It's been asking people to create 1,945 metres of red, white and blue bunting to adorn houses and street. It also wants videos of how people are celebrating at home - because these strange times will become an important bit of history.

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Fiona Harrison has been doing driveway concerts all week in her front garden in Leighton Buzzard after the ones she was originally booked for were cancelled.

EAFA have compiled a ten minute film featuring scenes from the time. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.

As part of the celebrations the East Anglian Film Archive has produced a special ten minute compilation of scenes filmed by amateur film makers around the East.

It includes scenes of a family holiday in August 1939 contrasted with preparations for war the following month, evacuees arriving by train, village fundraising for War Weapons Week, and VE day celebrations in May 1945.

Credit: EAFA

Meanwhile in an online plea Roger Hirst the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex is urging people to celebrate the anniversary at home or on social media and NOT to hold street parties.