75th Anniversary Celebrations of VE Day

On Friday 8th May, the people of Syston decorated their homes, set up tea parties on their streets, all recognising the social distancing requirements made by the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, this didn’t stop everyone enjoy the day and the weather helped as it was a beautiful warm sunny day.

It lifted everyone’s spirits, just to be able to sit outside and talk to neighbours, enjoy music from a bygone era while recognising Victory in Europe that happen 75 years previous.

Our mystery knitter brought a smile to everyone who saw the topper, pictured above, when it appeared on the Post Box in High street in time for the anniversary. Not only did it cheer us up in Syston, but it made the nationals through a local sport’s photographer who captured it and submitted the photograph to the Daily Telegraph, who printed on Saturday 9th May, see picture left. The Stn facebook page which had featured it showing a spitfire with pilot and Captain (now Sir) Tom Moore helped to capture the current situation that we are facing and reached over 146,000 people! Both the mystery knitter and ourselves are blown away by the interest and hope that Captain Sir Tom Moore got to see it too!

On the 8th May at 3.00pm we captured the moment when a wreath was laid at the memorial on behalf of the people of Syston in memory of those that lost their lives in achieving the Victory in Europe (VE) day. Our picture shows: L-R: John, Gary and Paul.


Below is a gallery of the photographs we have taken or received showing the day’s celebrations across Syston. Thank you to everyone who sent photographs they are brilliant.