VE Day celebrations are a reminder of the strength and generosity of Thurrock community

AS celebrations and commemorations roll on into the weekend, it seems there has been little to dampen the spirit of Thurrock’s community, despite the difficulties many face in these unprecedented times.

Yesterday (Friday 8 May), for VE Day the borough didn’t disappoint and showed it was more than capable of showing its uplifting spirit and throwing a party even with the guidelines of social distancing in place.

YourThurrock were fortunate enough to sent some fantastic videos and photos of celebrations, all of which can viewed by clicking here. We will be adding to it even more across the weekend. We are extremely grateful to all of those who sent them in.

Across the borough, it seems VE Day has shown the great spirit in the community. It is also a reminder of the part the frontline workers, schools, charities and other organisations play in contributing, of the selflessness of people and the generosity that has been seen in full force since this dreadful pandemic began.

A heart-warming example of these qualities was shown from the children of key-workers at Olive Academy in Tilbury, who made this impressive banner (pictured below) for Essex Police.

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Mason (pictured below), of Olive Academy, spent his Bank Holiday collecting a food to distribute to those families who need a little extra support during this difficult time, thanks to neighbourly.com.

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Staff and students at the school also have been creating artwork to celebrate VE Day (pictured below).

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Children at Arthur Bugler Primary School were busy in preparation for VE Day (see pictures below).

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Samantha Ralph, Community Champion for Morrisons in Corringham, said she was privileged to give Thurrock’s three local care homes a special VE Day hamper and sandwich platter.

She shared the images below on social media, and added: “They were very appreciative and said how thoughtful it was.”

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Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Charity said a special thank you to Basildon Borough Council who donated 1200 cupcakes made by sweetcheeks cupcakes in celebration of VE Day (images below).

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These are just a few examples of the fantastic community spirit we have seen across Thurrock and surrounding areas in recent weeks.

While VE Day is a reminder of it, it is also important to note that this has been a constant, and something which has become even more vital by the virus.

This has been an extremely hard time for a lot of people and continues to be so, but it seems there is no keeping Thurrock down.

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