Rossendale Borough Council is inviting residents to join in a virtual stay at home street party to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day this bank holiday Friday.

The council had been forced to abandon plans to celebrate the occasion out in the open due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, council leader Councillor Alyson Barnes hopes people will be able to enjoy the landmark event at home.

She said: “We are in really challenging times and it is such a shame we cannot come together to mark this important anniversary, but hopefully we can still commemorate VE Day in our own homes.

“There’s lots going on nationally we can tap into and there are activities for people get involved with too.

“The message continues to be stay at home, save live and protect the NHS but there is still a lot of fun to be had from our houses.”

The council has made resources available on its website, including 1940s recipes, bunting templates and a VE Day playlist, to help those celebrating get into the mood and hopes people will celebrate with afternoon tea and a doorstep sing-a-long.

The day will also be marked by a two-minute silence at 11am and an address from the Queen at 9pm.

Rossendale Council is also inviting residents to share what they are doing on the day through Facebook or by contacting them directly.

Councillor Barnes said: “We would love to see what people are doing so please send any pictures or videos to us.

“Of course, while the end of war in Europe is a time to celebrate, it is also a day of reflection as we remember those who went to war to fight for our freedom, many paying the ultimate sacrifice.”

Pictures or videos can be sent by email to