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VE Day

This Friday is VE Day. VE Day stands for Victory in Europe Day, which took place on Tuesday, May 8 in 1945, 75 years ago. 1 million people celebrated in Britain on that day. The day was a public holiday, where people sang and danced outside their homes, and held street parties. There were big crowds in London where Winston Churchill (the then Prime Minister) and King George the VI came out to the Buckingham Palace balcony no less than 7 times to greet the people.
75 years on, Remembrance 2020 is focusing on ‘remembering the impact that leaving, absence and coming home have on servicemen and women, and their loved ones – then and now’.

When the Lights Go On Again

Vera  Lynn is a famous singer, and during the War her songs bought hope and comfort to people. Her song 'When The Lights Go On Again' was a song of hope -  looking forward to the end of World War 2 and the blackout, and soldiers returning home.

Music Teachers in Norfolk are working with children across the county this week to learn this song for a special BBC recording. One of our pupils has been part of the recording and we look forward to hearing the finished song on Friday.


Take You Home

BBC Teach Bring The Noise, in collaboration with the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, have launched a song called Take You Home to help us reflect on the impact that leaving, missing and coming home had on those who served and their loved ones.
Laura White, the composer and singer for Take You Home, says: "I wanted something that made your heart fly when you heard it."

You can listen to the song in the Bring the Noise player and you can also experiment with the different layers of the song:

On this page, you can watch a video of Laura share her inspiration behind the song and tips on how to write and perform your own song.

More listening and watching:

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Swing dancing was very popular during war time.  Here is a fun boogie woogie dance to watch:

We’ll  meet again
‘We’ll meet again’ is one of the most famous songs of the Second World War era. It was sung by Vera Lynn and resonated with soldiers going off to fight and their families and sweethearts.


Horrible Histories
Horrible Histories have a fun VE day song you might enjoy: