THIS Friday (May 8) marks the 75th anniversary of V.E Day when Britain celebrated the ending of the Second World War. Thousands of people took to the streets throughout the country on May 8 1945 to celebrate Natzi Germany's unconditional surrender after six years of hostilities. However, there will be no huge celebrations this year. That's because of lockdown introduced by Government to fight a new deadly enemy - coronavirus. Street parties and other activities have had to be cancelled because of the strict social distancing measures imposed on us, which include a ban on large gatherings. However, Staffordshire Moorlands, is determined not to let this important milestone in our country's history be passed by without some form of recognition. People are being encouraged to decorate the exterior of their homes, and all three market towns - Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph - are adding their own splash of colour with banners and bunting. LASAR Radio presenters too are marking the day with their own contributions, including the station's 'Rocketman' Derek Walker. Derek is inviting listeners to contact him on his Friday afternoon 'Cheddleton Chats' Show, between 2pm and 4pm. He would like to hear tales about VE Day was marked locally all those years ago. Phone him on 01538 528466 or text 07376 194 154. Derek will also be talking about his growing army of young listeners who are tuning in to ask him questions about his former role as a British rocket scientist.
Local community radio at its best.