Update 8 May 2020
The service has now taken place and a recording is available on You Tube which currently shows a message 'Service starts in 15 mins.'
Fast-forward to 13m 13 sec to hear the bells of St Thomas Church and the service begins shortly afterwards.
Original News Item: Salisbury City Council and St Thomas’s Church are inviting residents of Salisbury to watch a broadcast of a VE Day Service on Friday 8 May at 9.30am.
The service at St Thomas’s Church to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War will be broadcast through the St Thomas’ website via YouTube.
Rev'd Kelvin Inglis will lead the service which will include a hymn and the National Anthem. The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr John Walsh and the Bishop of Salisbury will both be providing addresses.
The VE Day Service will be available to view here www.tom.church with a countdown starting at 9:15am that includes the bells of St Thomas Church. A recording will be available for catch-up viewing after the service.
Rev’d Kelvin Inglis said, "St Thomas's joins the City Council to mark this significant and joyous anniversary. We cannot host physically but we can all come together in 'virtual' unity. We shall hear from the Bishop of Salisbury and those joining us will have the opportunity to sing along with a well-known hymn and the National Anthem."
The Mayor of the City, Cllr John Walsh said “I am delighted to be involved in the virtual VE Day Service on Friday 8 May. The broadcast will mean that the celebratory anniversary can still proceed and will allow people to watch the service before enjoying a picnic at their homes for the Stay at Home VE Celebration”.
Salisbury City Council has also teamed up with Spire FM on Friday 8 May in organising a Stay at Home VE Celebration. Residents of Salisbury are invited to decorate their own homes with bunting and red, white and blue and enjoy a picnic in their houses or front gardens from 2pm until 4pm. It is important to remember government advice and to recognise social distancing rules so please respect this whilst enjoying the celebration in your own home.
Spire FM will be giving people the opportunity to give shout outs to friends and will continue to play great music all afternoon.
Click here for further information on the Stay at Home VE Celebration: https://www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk/v/stay-at-home-ve-celebration