VE Day 75

There are lots of events and activities still happening to mark VE Day 75.


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VE Day 75 services (11am, 1pm, 3pm)

VE Day will be marked in many ways across the diocese and our three cathedrals will hold online events to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Prayers and readings will be offered during the individual digital broadcasts and Bishop Nick is to provide an address for the short services on Friday, May 8.

The timings of these online events are: Ripon Cathedral, 11am, Wakefield Cathedral, 1pm and Bradford Cathedral, 3pm.



Read more on the Diocese of Leeds website

ChurchSuite Event

Facebook Event

YouTube link to the Bradford Cathedral service (or see the embedded video below)

Facebook link to the Bradford Cathedral service



Family Activities (Available Now)

Create a message of peace

In the bell tower at Bradford Cathedral there are ten World War I Memorial Bells. An inscription is written on each bell, remembering somebody who died in the First World War.

Click here to download our activity sheet.

Why not share your message of peace with us on our Twitter or Instagram page? Please use #BradfordVEDay75. Alternatively, e-mail it to us at


Messy Peace

Messy Church At Home have created a series of great activities to take part in. Click here to download their 'Messy Peace' pack.

You can also download some 'prayers for time and change' from the Messy Church website.


You can also download extra colouring-in activities thanks to the Big Picnic for Hope:


VE Day Archive Footage (Available Now)

The website of the Yorkshire Film Archive hosts a  film from the Sharp collection and contains footage from a V.E. Day Civic Service in Bradford which was filmed by an amateur filmmaker who captured many similar events that took place throughout the war. It includes footage of the Mayor and Mayoress walking to Bradford Cathedral and a brief shot of leaflet `The Civic Service of Thanksgiving for Victory in Europe 1945.' Click here to find out more.


Bradford and Leeds Piper Videos

At 2:55pm on the Bradford Council Facebook page you'll be able to hear two pieces of specially recorded pipe music courtesy of members of the City of Bradford Pipe Band and City of Leeds Pipe Band.


Big Picnic For Hope (11am - 8pm)

Click here to visit the Facebook event.

Big Picnic for Hope.

Big Picnic for Hope logo.Join in the ‘Big Picnic for Hope’ on the 8th May by having a picnic at home to help pay honour to heroes past and present. Send us your photos and join others around the country doing the same. Please use #Bigpicnicforhope #feed5000 if posting on social media.

The Big Picnic for Hope is an opportunity for your household to be part of a virtual get together, to help honour heroes past and present. Many of us would have been commemorating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on May 8th . Families and friends would have been gathering for street parties and celebrations around the UK, which unfortunately is no longer possible.

However, even in the current lockdown we can still come together to recognise this date through our ‘Big Picnic for Hope’.

The Big Picnic for Hope also allows us to celebrate the heroes of our new ‘homefront’. Those risking their lives, the NHS, careers, delivery personnel, workers across food stores or public transport, and the remarkable collective effort of the nation to stay home and play our own individual part in helping to see this through.

By staying at home we are able to support the new heroes of COVID-19 ‘conflict’.

Whether you are on your own or with other people at home we are asking each household to have a picnic and send in your photos to share with us worldwide.

People can also share their ideas for the Big Picnic for Hope, what to bake, what to make, and their own creative ideas online using the hashtags #bigpicnicforhope and #feed5000, to help inspire others to get involved. This will help everyone get ready to join together on Friday 8th May to share photos of their picnics, and discuss memories and stories of their loved ones past and present in a way fitting of the circumstances we are living through at this time.

At the heart of the Big Picnic for Hope is a reflection that around the country many people will not be as fortunate at this time with many struggling to put food on the table. The #feed5000 hashtag reflects the projects aim to raise £5000 for the Trussell Trust, who support a nationwide network of food banks and provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. With a rise in the number of people who are using foodbanks nationally, and the future uncertain as to how many people will have to adjust to more difficult living conditions around the country, the Big Picnic for Hope aims to ask those who can to donate towards providing another individual or family having food in their house today.

To donate follow this link:

A collaboration of the nations Cathedrals around the country have united behind the project to allow us to remember heroes from the past and celebrate those of the present day on the 75th Anniversary of VE day, with the Big Picnic for Hope. Under normal circumstance Cathedrals around the country would have been a focus for national celebration and commemoration. The 75th anniversary of VE Day in May 2020 was to be no exception with events planned nationwide.

Participating Cathedrals to date:
Lichfield Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, Chelmsford Cathedral, Guildford Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, Portsmouth Cathedral, Southwell Minster, Bradford cathedral, Manchester Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral.


Further Resources

Visit Bradford blog: VE Day 75

Official VE Day 75 website

Government website