St Albans district celebrates VE Day in socially-distant style

PUBLISHED: 13:43 11 May 2020 | UPDATED: 07:29 13 May 2020

Residents of Monks Horton Way celebrating VE Day. Picture: Valerie Shrimplin

Residents of Monks Horton Way celebrating VE Day. Picture: Valerie Shrimplin

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Amid social distancing, VE Day celebrations still took place across the St Albans district.

Ramsbury Road residents capture a 'postcard' shot. Picture; SuppliedRamsbury Road residents capture a 'postcard' shot. Picture; Supplied

Residents of Birchwood Way, Park Street, celebrated the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe with music and cakes. Leanda Kelly said: “Almost all of the street came out. We played ‘40s music, ate cake and had a little tipple or two! Families in the street played tennis and kerb football.

“Neighbours in their 80s and 90s attended along with birthday girl Val who is a real wartime baby!”

Ramsbury Road residents created a postcard type image to celebrate VE Day.

Resident Peter Wares said: “Postcards were a popular way of keeping in touch during and after the war and unlike today’s tweets have a much greater value and life.”

Sandra and Paul enjoying Harley Court and Villiers Crescent celebrations. Picture: SuppliedSandra and Paul enjoying Harley Court and Villiers Crescent celebrations. Picture: Supplied

Belsize Close and Blake Close in St Albans also held socially distant street parties for neighbours.

Belsize resident Amanda Green said: “I made cupcakes for the neighbours. I individually wrapped them and decorated the bags.”

Caroline Fletcher, who organised the Blake Close party, told the Herts Ad: “Some of our neighbours are elderly and some live alone, one neighbour in particular had not had any social interaction for nine weeks.

2Luckily the sun was shining on Friday and all the neighbours in our street brought their chairs out, sat on their front gardens and driveways. They brought their drinks, nibbles and sun umbrellas with them and settled down for an afternoon in the sunshine, chatting with neighbours.

Amanda Green of Belsize Close made some VE Day goodies for her street. Picture: Amanda GreenAmanda Green of Belsize Close made some VE Day goodies for her street. Picture: Amanda Green

“I played 1940s music, we had a huge bubble machine and chalk games for the children to play in the road. One of the neighbours had a trolley of beer he was carefully handing out to the neighbours by placing cans at the end of their drives.

“The afternoon went so well, it carried on well into the evening, when it was only planned to go on a couple of hours and was enjoyed by neighbours of all ages from three to 94!”

Houses in Harley Court, Monks Horton Way and Villiers Crescent also sent us their photos, as did Paul Draper, who led a singalong in Hollybush Avenue, St Albans.

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda KellyVE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly VE Day at Birchwood Way in Park Street. Picture: Leanda Kelly

Paul Draper and pal at VE Day celebrations in Hollybush Avenue, St Albans.Paul Draper and pal at VE Day celebrations in Hollybush Avenue, St Albans.

VE Day celebrations in Blake Close, St Albans.VE Day celebrations in Blake Close, St Albans.

VE Day celebrations in Blake Close, St Albans.VE Day celebrations in Blake Close, St Albans.

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