Like many people in the UK, the residents of our little cul-de-sac consisting of two houses and four bungalows have bonded over these past few weeks since lockdown began. Without doubt, each week our camaraderie goes from strength to strength.
The VE celebrations on Friday, May 8th once again brought us out into the street to celebrate. We have been out clapping and cheering the NHS and all support workers every Thursday at 8 pm since this brilliant idea was put forward. I believe that this was the seed that began bringing people together. From this grew our Sunday afternoon quiz on the street, with my husband taking on the role of quiz master.
On VE day the quiz was bought forward to Friday which once again was a glorious British day with the sun shining and the sky azure blue. We dressed in our forties clothes, played 78-speed records on our record player outside and enjoyed afternoon tea. One of the residents provided us with Prosecco in memory of her father who died in the war. We toasted our oldest resident who turned eighty the previous day and to the health of the world.
These are difficult times we are living through and people should be kept safe and healthy so although we celebrated at distance with a whole road between us, we were not deterred from celebrating this day which marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.