“our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.
Just before 11 am, on Friday 8th May at St.Marks Church, Richard Boswell stood in the church yard and played The Last Post and the Reveille.
Keith Edwards fired a Maroon to mark the beginning and end of the two minute silence.
At approximately 11.05 am Richard began to play We’ll Meet Again… Anne and Chris Yarrow spontaneously started to dance. Thanks to Keith filming it we can join in too…
The Queen’s speech was perfect and poignant, in the broadcast, she said:
“Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish.”
“Instead we remember from our homes and from our doorsteps.”
It aired exactly 75 years on from her father King George VI’s address at the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Thanking the wartime generation, the Queen, 94, said: “They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.”
“We should and will remember them.”
This year’s celebration has been limited due to the lockdown conditions in place across Europe because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite this, the Queen said, “our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”.
“And when I look at our country today and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire.”
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With grateful thanks to Anne Yarrow, Beverly Williams, Conchita Landa-Font, Judi Lampon, Julian Turner, Keith Edwards, Lucy Mcconachie, Peter Smythe, Richard Boswell, Roberta Smythe, Sam Fake, Sarah Prall, Tracey Boorman