VE Day 75: St Neots residents turn the town red, white and blue while fundraising for the Royal British Legion

Residents gather to celebrate in Riversmead. Picture: SARAH BECK

Residents gather to celebrate in Riversmead. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

More than 250 roads and 870 houses in St Neots decked their driveways in red, white and blue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day in stay-at-home style.

Chloe, Robyn and Jaxon from St Neots. Picture: SARAH BECK

Chloe, Robyn and Jaxon from St Neots. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

Revellers enjoyed tea parties, sing-a-longs and games with their neighbours – all at a social distance on VE Day.

More than £1,500 pounds was raised for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal after residents were asked to donate from as little as £1.

The idea for the town to hold stay-at-home parties came from resident Sarah Beck, who pioneered a Facebook group gaining more than 2,000 members.

“The town literally turned red white and blue,” she said.

Residents of Old Market Court led by Yvonne. Picture: SARAH BECK

Residents of Old Market Court led by Yvonne. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant


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“As the bunting came down and the flags were packed away, I wanted people to remember how this community pulled together for VeDay75 in lockdown.

“The current way of life will at some point be over and life will return to some normality soon after.

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“But if I can ask anything it’s to continue to keep in touch with neighbours and invite them round.

“Bottle up the community spirit and keep it.

Home of Trina Corbett in Eaton Socon. Picture: SARAH BECK

Home of Trina Corbett in Eaton Socon. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

“Please support the local businesses who have been working tirelessly through lockdown to keep going. It can keep them in our town. We need them.

“And remember in the worst of times there’s always something good to look for - when it’s dark look for stars.

“Stay Safe. Stay well. Be Kind.”

Sky News broadcast live from Curflew Place and Black Cat Radio aired wartime music and interviews.

Reggie the dog enjoyed the party with his owner Mrs Carter who works at Winhills School. Picture: SA

Reggie the dog enjoyed the party with his owner Mrs Carter who works at Winhills School. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

There was also a small private ceremony at the war memorial with the new mayor Cllr Stephen Ferguson.

Residents took to Facebook to share their joy from the celebrations.

Tracy Dale Searle said: “I’ve never spoken to so many neighbours, yesterday was all about community spirit and being grateful for what we have.

“Let’s keep this rolling, if lockdown has taught us nothing else, we know we can make time for each other.”

Eynesbury sisters Rachel and Chloe Patterson. Picture: SARAH BECK

Eynesbury sisters Rachel and Chloe Patterson. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

Danielle Ferrara added: “We had such a lovely day celebrating with our neighbours and we’ve all spoken about having another street party when lockdown is over.”

Organiser Sarah Beck and her two children. Picture: SARAH BECK

Organiser Sarah Beck and her two children. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

Dylan and Isla from St Neots, their mum is a keyworker. Picture: SARAH BECK

Dylan and Isla from St Neots, their mum is a keyworker. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

Residents Kevin and Mark with their union jack at the front of their house. Picture: SARAH BECK

Residents Kevin and Mark with their union jack at the front of their house. Picture: SARAH BECK - Credit: Archant

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