A great community spirit was on show when the 75th anniversary of VE Day was marked with socially-distanced celebrations across the Burnham-On-Sea area on Friday.

The Coronavirus pandemic meant full street parties and large social gatherings were not possible, but residents were still able to celebrate while adhering to the Government’s distancing guidelines, as pictured here.

Residents decorated homes with bunting, flags and decorations across the area in a wave of patriotic colour.

In West Huntspill, Sally Jones and young Henry displayed a WW2 US Army vehicle at the front of their home. Other classics on show across the area included Austins, Fords and Minis.

Burnham Town Crier Alastair Murray, who is a keen record collector, joined the celebrations by playing old wartime music in the garden of his home, pictured below.

Alastair told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “On two of my many gramophones, I played about fourteen 78r.p.m. records, all from WW2. Some were funny, some quite moving, and some were well-known songs recorded between 1939 to 1945. It was well received by folk.”

In Highbridge, local bagpiper Gavin Utting played next to the town’s war memorial, near St. John’s Church, pictured below, in an emotional tribute to those who died in the wars.

At Kinver Terrace on Burnham seafront, social distancing was adhered to by residents as they enjoyed a celebration buffet. Resident John Perry dressed for the occasion as a 1940’s RAF Captain.

In Conway Crescent there were several driveway parties, where live music was played by residents to bring people together while still being socially distanced.

In Hooper Close, young residents William, 4, and Finley, 10, helped put up colourful decorations to mark the special day. These photos capture the scenes in the area.



 
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