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Avon Dassett VE Day Commemorative Newspaper Published


A newspaper to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been published by Avon Dassett Local History Group. The paper contains local news from the 1940s including the election of Avon Dassett resident, John Profumo to Parliament in 1940, VE Day celebrations, weddings, births and deaths and misdemeanours including riding bicycles without regulation lights and owning unlicensed dogs.

Current Avon Dassett villagers also recorded memories of their own relatives who served in WWII. These include intrepid stories of surviving a torpedo attack in the Arctic, being shot down whilst flying over enemy lines, and a member of the bomb disposal team who defused V1 rockets.

A copy of the newspaper has been distributed to each household in Avon Dassett and has been received enthusiastically:

“I thought the Chronicle was wonderful and as I have lived here a long time can remember a few of them.” (Sandy)

“Fabulous Chronicle! Well done to all those involved” (Richard)

“A triumph!” (Darrell)

The newspaper was researched by Avon Dassett Local History group and designed by Nine Point High.

VE Day Singalong

Thanks to Sally Crompton who has co-ordinated this fantastic 1940s Sing-along for VE Day (with a special additional song to thank the NHS/Care and Key workers).

The singalong may be found on YouTube:

And the song sheet is here:

The YouTube video will be broadcast throughout the village at 3 pm with some live singers (socially distanced of course) to lead the village in a communal sing song.

Villagers are encouraged to be in their gardens from about 2 pm to enjoy a picnic to commemorate VE Day.