Diss Fair Green to commemorate 70th anniversary of VE Day

Gary Alexander of Diss Fair Green Neighborhood Association, who are organising a street party for VE day in May.
Gary Alexander of Diss Fair Green Neighborhood Association, who are organising a street party for VE day in May.

As the anniversary of one of the most important days in our history draws closer, Diss prepares to pay homage to those who made the sacrifice during the world’s biggest global conflict.

A commemorative street party event will take place at Fair Green, off Denmark Street, on Saturday, May 9 - just over 70 years after the official declaration of Victory in Europe on May 8, 1945, as the Second World War approached its end.

Gary Alexander, of the Diss Fair Green Neighbourhood Association (FGNA), the group organising the event, told the Diss Express: “It’s a community celebration, reminding us of the importance of peace.

“The war was perhaps the most traumatic event of the 20th Century.”

Featuring participation from the Royal British Legion and local businesses, the street party will follow a 1940s theme, complete with vintage funfair rides and games, family activities, food and drink stalls, and a display of antique vehicles from the 40s and 50s.

Local broadcast station Park Radio will also be on hand to serve as MCs for the event and play nostalgic music from the war era.

Andrew Rackham, chairman of the Diss FGNA, said: “We want this to be a successful community event.

“ We think it’s an event worth commemorating, to inform the younger generation of the significance and sacrifice made.”

The group is also encouraging members of the community to join a tea party happening after the Fair Green event, to allow them to reminisce and share their memories of their experience of VE Day.

For more information or to get in touch with the Diss FGNA, contact Gary Alexander on 07766 711999 or send an email to garyalex@fair-green.net.

You can alternatively contact Suzanne Kayne on 01379 641388 or by email via suzannekayne@yahoo.co.uk