VE Day – 75th anniversary

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is joining many cathedrals across the country by encouraging everyone to join the ‘Big Picnic for Hope’ to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, on Friday 8 May.

The ‘Big Picnic for Hope’ is an opportunity for households to be part of a virtual get together. The project asks people to stay at home, to picnic indoors or in their gardens, and to join friends and families virtually.


In addition there is an opportunity to recognise that these times are difficult for many people. The aim is to raise £5000 towards The Trussell Trust, a charity supporting a network of foodbanks and helping those in need in the UK, including several of the local Suffolk foodbanks.

People can share their plans and ideas for the Big Picnic for Hope and share photos on Friday 8 May via social media using the hashtag #bigpicnicforhope

In addition a silhouette of a soldier will be symbolically placed near the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. This will serve as a visual reminder of the anniversary.


An appropriate musical reflection will be posted on the Cathedral’s social media channels and here at 10 am on Friday.


Join a special livestreamed service led by the Dean (via the Cathedral’s Facebook page) at 12 noon with contributions from our MP Jo Churchill, representatives of the armed forces, uniformed organisations, the Royal Hospital School choir and other local children.


There will also be Evening Prayer at 5 pm including prayers specially written for the day.