Luke Ficken, Store Manager at Marston Moretaine Central England Co-op Food Store Image: Central England Coop

Marston Moretaine store manager says “Stay home, protect front line workers and save lives”

Central England Co-op has urged Bedfordshire residents to mark VE Day by enjoying an indoor, rather than an outdoor street party.

The Coronavirus lockdown means that instead of the planned public events people have to get creative and find ways to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in their home or garden.

Colleagues from Central England Co-op food stores are today (5 May 2020) taking the opportunity to encourage people to stay home unless absolutely necessary this VE Day.

It is now hoped people will forgo any thoughts of holding a street party or venturing out to celebrate and only go out for their groceries or daily exercise, should they need to.

Luke Ficken, store manager at Marston Moretaine Central England Co-op Food Store, said:

“We are proud to serve our local community during these unprecedented times, ensuring they have their food and essentials.

“We all understand the significance of these celebrations and the fact that it is a bank holiday, but we urge people to only leave home for vital essentials or for their daily exercise.

“It might be tempting to visit friends and family or even to hold a street party, but to help keep us all safe and healthy please stay safe and enjoy VE Day celebrations in your home or garden.

“I have to leave my home this bank holiday – you don’t have to. Stay home, protect front line workers and save lives.”

Central England Co-op has also produced a special downloadable VE Day themed colouring sheet to help keep youngsters entertained during the festivities.