Marking VE Day

Virtual VE Day Celebration

It is the 75th anniversary of VE Day on 8th May, and many plans to commemorate the day have, of course, been cancelled.

However, there are still plans to mark the occasion, express gratitude for peace and pride in our country and to remember and honour the men and women of WW2.

From Monday 27th April, BBC Radio Oxford (and all local radio stations across the country) will be asking people to get creative and make their own special ‘Great British Bunting’ to hang in their windows.

You can choose the pattern for example, pictures of soldiers who fought on the frontline or those who worked on the Homefront; it could be your grandad in the Navy or your great grandmother who worked for the RAF. Or you could draw a poppy to commemorate the fallen, a dove to celebrate lasting peace or a rainbow to symbolise hope.

There is plenty of guidance and inspiration to help you make your bunting from whatever you have at home can be found at – the instructions assume you want to make it with paper, but it can easily be adapted to be made from fabric or in any medium you want.

BBC Oxford is asking people to send us their pictures and to tag them (@BBCOxford) in your social media as well as using the hashtags #GreatBritishBunting and #VEDay75 so that all the effort people put in can be shared far and wide.

Do you have a memory or story?

They would also love you to get in touch with them to share your family stories of VE Day – through Facebook or by emailing  Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages – we’ll be sharing some lovely videos about the bunting starting on Monday

Upload your content to BBC Radio Oxford by clicking this link

Downloadable Guides to Make Your Bunting

We have our own How to Make’ Your Carnival Bunting Guide in our Carnival at Home section. But you might find the following useful, from BBCco.cuk/makeadifference.

Bunting Template

How to Make Your Great British Bunting Step by Step Instructions

VE Day Great British Bunting Instructions