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Virtual Events Stories!

Hopefully, lots of you noticed the VE display in the Library window over the last week.  During this period of (semi-) lockdown, and as we establish a better understanding of what the so-called “new normal” is going to look like in practice, the Library is planning to collect stories and images of events held over this year for the parish’s heritage archive.  We’ll start with the VE 75 celebrations – how did you celebrate the day and make the most of the Bank Holiday?  Did you meet remotely on Zoom or Skype with family or friends?  Did you watch live-streamed services from cathedrals and local churches?  Did you have afternoon tea in the garden, greet neighbours from afar, and then sing-a-long on your doorstep with Vera Lynn after the Queen’s speech? If you think about the event as initially planned, pre-Covid-19, what did you miss most on the actual day?

As we go forward into summer 2020, in these extraordinary times, there’ll be other events and occasions which we’ll have to mark in different ways too.  We want to share in your experiences so we can make a record of local stories and create a unique time capsule for future generations to enjoy.

To do this, we need your help!  Please send us your anecdotes, reflections, poems, children’s illustrations and other images to show what happened on VE Day Friday 8 May 2020 in Addingham.

We will select a few of the contributions to display in the Library window, and online on the council’s website, and a selection will also be used in a future exhibition in the Hub.  Longer term, all the contributions will be fully catalogued and made available online as part of the heritage archive.

Please send your contributions to the Library through the Facebook page, Addingham Quack, or via email to lang_bar@tiscali.co.uk, or hand-deliver paper copies to 9 Green Lane.

Remember to tell us, if your contribution contains any personal information or data (such as a photo showing a recognisable person, especially children), that we have the consent of those people to publish their data.