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Donington poised to have big celebration for VE Day 2020

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Donington is set to celebrate VE Day 2020 in style thanks to the daughter of a World War 2 veteran.

In November Jane Pearson joined her father, parish councillor Bryan Robinson, on a trip to Myanmar - formerly Burma - for an international service of remembrance.

Now she is calling for the whole village to pull together for Donington's biggest celebration since the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

WW2 veteran Bryan Robinson.
WW2 veteran Bryan Robinson.

Bryan (94), believes celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day are a good idea because in a few years' time there won't be many veterans left.

He was a corporal in the RAF and believed at the time that VE Day - May 8, 1945 - signalled a home-coming for servicemen like himself.

"It meant the war was over and we were due to be repatriated to England," recalls Bryan.

Things didn't work out that way because Bryan's military service took him on to Shanghai and Hong Kong until he came home in 1947.

Jane has sounded out a village groups to measure support for a big celebration and says suggestions so far include:

* A church service for WW2 veterans and the public

* Closing part of Church Street for a children's street party

* Having an afternoon/evening party in Flinders Park

Jane has organised a preliminary meeting in Donington Church Hall, which will start at 7pm on Monday, July 15.

She is urging groups across the village to take part and says: "Let's have a really good turnout and make this an event to remember in Donington.

"This seems to provide a perfect opportunity for the village to pull together to have a really good, whole village celebration - possibly the first one since the Queen's Jubilee in 1977."

Next year's early May Bank Holiday has been switched to May 8, a Friday, for the VE Day anniversary.

Jane Pearson hopes Donington will have a big celebration for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Jane Pearson hopes Donington will have a big celebration for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

* Jane Pearson is also one of the driving forces in the campaign to bring Matthew Flinders home from London to a final resting place in Donington church.

Previously ...

Donington Burma veteran (93) flew thousands of miles to an international Remembrance service

Donington is closely linked to the Paras as well as the Battle of Arnhem and an annual service is held in the village:

Remembering those who gave their lives ... and Arnhem

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