Ampthill VE Day 75

UNFORTUNATLEY ALL OUR VE75 DAY CELEBRATIONS AND COMMEMORATIONS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL HOPEFULLY TAKE PLACE IN AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER WHEN THE SOCIAL ISOLATION GUIDANCE CHANGES 

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE

 

1940's Music Night - Friday 1st May 2020 at 7.30pm at Parkside Hall. Licensed bar, 1940's dress optional, tables can be reserved. Tickets £12.50 each from 01525 404355 or No. 14 Bedford Street POSTPONED

Ampthill VE Day 75 - Friday 8th May 2020 POSTPONED
In May 1945, a report in The Bedfordshire Times and Standard noted that flags and bunting had started to appear in anticipation of the Prime Minister's broadcast declaring that the war in Europe was over. When the news came through the public houses rapidly filled up with celebrating crowds.  The next day (Victory Day) in the morning and afternoon Ampthill was quiet. But later in the evening hundreds of people filled the streets and crowds filled the Sands in front of the Alameda Gates where a huge bonfire was lit and an effigy of Hitler burnt.

Prisoners from the Ampthill POW camp were free but continued to live in Ampthill. On 16-12-46, a Shield, shown in the photo, was presented to the Ampthill WVS staff by the boys of Ampthill POW camp in appreciation for their good work between 1939 to 1946.

The posters (designed by No.14 Bedford Street) detail the celebrations with a summary below.   

Along with many other groups in the country, on the 8th of May (a Bank Holiday) we will be marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the last war.  We cannot offer a bonfire, huge or small.  But we shall be holding a street party along the Alameda.   

At 2.30 pm, we will start our celebration with a parade led by the Ampthill Town Band from the gates of the Alameda to the Cenotaph where we will hear Piping the Battle's O'er and the sounding of the Last Post. 

In the public houses of the Town we will drink the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2. 

At 3.30 pm, we will be looking forward to seeing you (in optional 1940's costumes) pitching up along the Alameda with your tables and chairs, un-wrapping your spam sandwiches and sitting back to enjoy the entertainment provided by local celebrity Emma Robbins, the Ampthill Town Band, Stringfellows Ukulele Band and Chucklefoot. 
 
During the afternoon sporting activities for children will be arranged on the Alameda Middle School Sports field by Ampthill Rugby Club, Ampthill Town Cricket Club, Ampthill Town Football Club and Ampthill Bowls Club.

Afterwards at 7.00pm, the Bells at St Andrew's Church will Ring Out for Peace and at 7.00pm, we will Cry for Peace Around the World on the Market Square.
 

Service of Celebration and Commemoration - Sunday 10th May 2020 POSTPONED

Ampthill Town Council welcomes you to a service in St. Andrew's Church to celebrate and commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe.  Taking part in the service will be the Reverend Dr Roger Wood, R.N.A. Chaplain and the address will be given by Deputy Lieutenant Major Simon Sadler.
At the time of going to press we have been enormously pleased to receive generous donations of funds and help from many organisations and businesses in the town. So as not to leave anyone out we will acknowledge these people when the events are over.