Nottingham comes together to celebrate VE Day

VE DayTo mark the 70th Anniversary of VE day Nottingham Castle and the Brewhouse Yard held their 1940s ‘Knees up’ Event this May day.


The Brewhouse Yard and Nottingham Castle invited families this Bank holiday to join them as they went back in time to relive the atmosphere of life on the military and home fronts during the 1940s.

VE Day ‘ Victory in Europe Day’ used to be a public holiday celebrated on the 8th May 1945. This marks the allied victory in Europe at the end of the Second World War. To commemorate the 70th anniversary on Friday, activities were held across Nottingham.

The 1940s ‘Knees up’ event had a variety of activities, from singing old favourites  to learning about adult rations. Families were able to meet veterans, heroes and heroines of the home front, play old fashioned street games and enjoy dance displays by the festival swing dance society.

Amanda, schools programmes assistant at the Brewhouse talks about how the event is not only good fun, but educational as well.

Christine a member of the festival swing society says:

”Its good, quite alot of people are asking questions not just about the war part but about the style of clothes, the shoes and the music.”

According to Amanda the day was a success and one they hope to repeat again next year




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