Prep School Commemoration of Victory in Europe Day 75th anniversary
75 years ago today, after six long years of war, Victory in Europe was declared by the Allies and VE Day was celebrated. We have been left with some amazing photographs and film footage of people participating in street parties, singing and dancing throughout the towns and cities of the United Kingdom and beyond. The scene was described by BBC correspondent Howard Marshall, who was reporting from outside Buckingham Palace, as one of "thanksgiving rather than of celebration. Still it is one of quiet and deep joyousness".
2nd Form have been learning about these events and specifically have looked at the song ‘We’ll Meet Again’ made famous by Dame Vera Lynn. This song was first recorded by Dame Vera in 1939 and she subsequently toured all over the word, singing this and other memorable wartime tunes to soldiers on many fronts. Thanks to its moving melody and uplifting lyrics, the song was also used on the radio during wartime broadcasts, which were designed to provide public information and boost morale after bombing raids. Dame Vera is now 103 years old and is still singing.
S and T Forms have designed their own VE Day medals commemorating all of those that contributed to the war effort.
After our assembly this morning, led by our Head of History, Miss Mair, the whole Prep School was challenged to learn ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and Mr Pettinger showed us the way, teaching us the melody and words of the song.
Maybe we too can join in the rendition of 'We’ll Meet Again' at 9:00pm tonight. Meanwhile, here are some snippets from Samuel and Toby’s versions of this famous tune.