We are delighted to share with you a brand new podcast in time for the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow. The episode features celebrities, World War Two veterans and civilians who have joined forces to share their memories of that life-changing day.

Guests include Dame Patricia Routledge, war evacuee Sir Derek Jacobi, former Speaker of the House of Commons Baroness Boothroyd of Sandwell, 102 year old former Gunner Capt Jack Swaab MC, 98 year old former York and Lancaster Regiment officer Geoffrey Winter, 94 year old former ATS Driver Mechanic Barbara Weatherill, 78 year old historian Christopher Lee, 96 year old Bletchley Park veteran Betty Webb, 96 year old Chelsea Pensioner Bob Sullivan and 95 year old former Coldstream Guardsman Allan Jackson.

Dame Patricia RoutledgeSir Derek JacobiBaroness Boothroyd

Memories include first-hand accounts of seeing thousands of Germans surrender and an overriding sense of relief, alongside more light-hearted recollections of accidental crowd-surfing, contraband cake and fancy dress competition victories.

This compelling piece of original content distils over 1000 years’ experience into one fascinating podcast.

We shared all our VE Day plans with the charity’s long-time supporter Dame Vera Lynn who was already the Forces Sweetheart when were founded in 1944. She has a special message and special memories to share with you all ahead of tomorrow:

“Hello everyone, I would just like to wish you all well on this very special day. I was in the garden with my parents and grandparents when the news came through, and I think we celebrated with tea and cake! We might have had a glass of sherry after though.

I would also like to say to all those people who are self-isolating that my thoughts are with you, and we can all have a ‘cheers’ even if it’s only with a cup of tea or lemonade!”

You can listen to the podcast here:

 

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