Bank Holiday Friday on the 8 May 2020 was going to be a day for communities to celebrate VE Day to mark the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of hostilities in Europe during WWII. However, due to the coronavirus lockdown in place at that time, celebrations had to be either cancelled or scaled down to meet social distancing restrictions.
Seaton Valley Council had planned to distribute VE Day 75th Anniversary coins to children who were attending organised VE Day events in Seaton Valley, however, when restrictions caused these events to be cancelled we had to re-think our plans.
Councillors agreed that they would still like to commemorate the event and give children something that they could keep to remind them of the 75th Anniversary despite not being able to attend street parties or events; and decided to give every Seaton Valley First and Middle School student a special VE Day 75th Anniversary coin for them to remember this important time in our history.
The coins were sourced and engraved and delivered to schools in mid-October and schools have been asked to present the coins on behalf of the Council to their students.
Pictured above are Tom, Lauren and Lucy from Seghill First School who were presented with their coins by Head Teacher Tracey Chappell.
Miss Chappell said ‘Although the celebration events could not happen; it’s great that the Council has been able to give our students something to remember this important event in our history. I’m sure many of them will retain the coins as a keepsake and look at that them now and again as they get older; hopefully the coins will remind them of their school days as well as the end of World War II’.