Knowle West celebrates VE Day in lockdown style

Pictures posted by local residents.

The bunting was fluttering in Knowle West streets and houses decorated in red, white and blue for the 75th anniversary of VE Day celebrations.

The area has long been known for its Christmas lights on homes and celebration of the World Cup.

So with events across the city cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic – it was no surprise that residents were determined to party in lockdown style at home on Bank holiday Friday (8 May).

With socially distanced street parties including 1940s music and residents eating afternoon tea in their front gardens – it was still a memorable occasion.

Local people dressed up in period-style or Union Jack colours – and much of the food was decorated to mark the event.

Ancestors who fought in and lived through Second World War were also remembered at this time as well as all those who had lost their lives.

Bristol City Council – which had encouraged communities to celebrate the event at home held a flag raising ceremony on College Green at 3pm.

It was presided by the Lord Mayor Cllr Joss Clark and Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees – accompanied by a piper playing Battle’s O’er.

There was also a reading by the Lord Mayor of A Cry for Peace around the World at 6.55pm – coinciding with readings across the globe at the same time.