Melton Borough Council

VE Day best dressed window competition

Published Monday, 4th May 2020 VE Day logo

Residents in Melton are being encouraged to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day, from the safety of their own home.

Melton Borough Council have launched a  “best dressed window “ competition encouraging residents to decorate their homes in blue white and red with bunting and posters.  The best dressed window will have the opportunity to win a £50 voucher.

Cllr Alan Pearson, Portfolio Holder for People and Communities and responsible for the Armed Forces Covenant commented,

“In these unprecedented times the celebrations for VE day have had to be scaled back with street parties and events cancelled.  The message remains to stay at home and stay safe but to still mark the occasion.  We are encouraging people to decorate their windows and take part in some of the national activities taking place on Friday 8th May - from home.  People can post photos of their decorated windows on twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MeltonVE75 or on the Melton Borough Council Facebook page. We hope people will enjoy looking out for decorated windows amongst the rainbows during their daily exercise.”

“We also want to commemorate those individuals who contributed to the war effort by asking developers to name streets/roads in the borough after them. We are requesting short stories from local people about their relatives who contributed to the war and are/were Melton residents either during the war or after the war. If you have a photograph of the person in their uniform then we would love to receive these as an accompaniment to your story.  The Council will collect a bank of names which will be passed onto developers as and when their roads/ streets are ready for naming.”

Residents can also get involved in national events which includes a two minute silence at 11 am and the “Nations Toast to the Heroes of World War 2” at 3pm.  People can stay at home but still raise a glass undertaking the following toast “to those who gave so much, thank you”.  There will also be a televised address from The Queen at 9pm followed by a national sing-along of the wartime favourite Dame Veras Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again”

To submit stories and photos of individuals for suggested street names, please email your story to communications@melton.gov.uk before 17 May 2020.  Entries will be posted on the Council website and social media pages. 

To enter the best dressed window competition please post your photo on social media before the evening of Sunday 10th May.  

Full details of the competition and links to national events and useful information is available of the Council website