We may be under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic but that hasn’t stopped Islanders from celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day this Bank Holiday weekend… keeping social distancing in mind of course! 

Island Echo has been inundated with photos from towns and villages across the Isle of Wight where residents celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe on Friday.

Stay at home street parties with plenty of tea and scones could be seen throughout the local community, with music of all eras playing out from doorsteps.

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Below is a fine selection of the many photographs that have been sent in this weekend…

Golf Ball Characters

Brett Clark has been busy with his ‘Golf Ball Characters’ creating a Bull Dog with a VE Day flag below moving about as you can see in the animated GIF above.

You can find other creations of his here – 

Monkey Haven

Monkeys at The Monkey Haven on the outskirts of Newport have celebrated VE Day also. They sat down with their Union Flags around a picnic laid out for them by staff.

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VE Day Pooches

Joanne Stallard sent us photos of her 2 dogs dressed in red, white and blue in celebration of VE Day in Ryde.

Scones for the Vulnerable

The Brunswick Hotel, Shanklin and The Yarbridge Inn, Brading both contributed in distributing homemade scones to the vulnerable across the Island to help celebrate VE Day.

Thank you to Jenna Massey for sending in these photos… They look great!

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West Hill Road

Helen Vrba and David Brown dressed up their house in West Hill Road, Ryde.

Cakes, Bunting & Picnic

Naomi Lordan and her family held a family picnic within their garden. They created bunting and some tasty looking cakes which were enjoyed around a buffet and glasses of orange squash.

Halletts Shute

John Ring sent in this lovely photograph taken at Hallets Shute in Yarmouth where his 3 children can be seen paying their respects to VE Day.

Albany Road Social Distancing Picnic

Kevin Wadey sent in these photographs of a social distancing picnic that took place at Albany Road in East Cowes.

Make your own!

Roxy Mattick sent in these photographs of Logan aged 5 and Wilson aged 2.

They didn’t have any decorations so had a go at making their own. As well as the decorations they made some homemade scones for their tea party at Ryde.

2 minutes silence

Emma Baker sent in this photo of Haydan, Alfie and Jessica paying their respects during the 2 minutes silence in Newport. They also created their own bunting which was displayed on the front of their house saying ‘Thank you VE75’.

Father and son

Rachael Wherry sent in this father and their 18-month-old son Oliver stood outside their home in Newport. Oliver can be seen wearing his Union Flag hat, waving his flag and bunting overhead.

Tea in the Summer House

Frances Shelley sent in photos of their VE Day tea party in their Summer House in Godshill.

Garden Street Party

Maldwyn Morgan and her family enjoyed a Street style garden party in their backgarden in Shanklin. Amumst which, painting a big Union Flag on the front wall of their house as well as bunting hanging from an upstairs window.

Remembering in the Garden

Whitecross Lane

Stephen Cave sent in photos his colourful house and garden where they had a tea for 2.

The Island Sings for VE Day

Kerrie Hastry sent in these photos of their Terrace in Sandown decorated for VE Day. They also broke out into song while they celebrated the 75th anniversary at Chesham Terrace.

VE Day Drawings

Samantha Scrivener sent in these remarkable drawings which were then displayed in the front window of their house in Ryde. A drawing of Captain (now a Colonel) Tom Moore after he raised £32,796,315 for walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday. The money is to go to NHS Charities because our fantastic NHS workers are national heroes.

Socially Distancing ‘Street Party’

Karen Knight sent in this photograph of their front garden while enjoying cream teas, joining their neighbours for a socially distancing street party at Worsley Road in Newport.

Red, White & Blue

Karen Long sent in her bunting creation using material found around the house, keeping with the red, white and blue theme. Very creative!


Bunting and cream teas at Yvonne Hayes garden in Brighstone.

Great Preston Road

Flags & Scones

Claire Puxty sent in these two photographs of her son and daugher celebrating VE Day in Lake. Homemade bunting sets the backdrop to their garden party.

Winston Churchill Bear

Something slightly different, Rachael Rodgers from Threads and Teds send us this like-for-like teddy bear replica of Winston Churchill… It’s almost uncanny!


A resident has sent in this house in Shanklin all dressed up in red, white and blue.

Wearing the Flag

Tania Price as seen here wearing a red, white and blue dress. Photo sent in by Nikki Price.

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Harry Wad
Harry Wad
2 years ago

Cycled through Godshill and several houses had little parties in their front gardens, and all looked very nice. Would loved to have stopped to chat, but such is the times now. Well done all who make an effort to make things as nice as possible. Many silently appreciate such.

2 years ago

Our family and neighbours had afternoon tea out on the front of the houses, great to see and meet everybody ( we all managed to socially distance safely). A great day


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