THE MOOR in Knutsford is earmarked for a town street party to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

May 8, 1945 was the date when Allied Forces accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany during the Second World War.

The day was celebrated across the UK with street parties, dancing and singing, and Knutsford Town Council is looking to organise a street party on the Moor in 2020.

“This would provide a central community venue for the town to come together and enjoy a day of celebrations whilst also providing a time for reflection,” said town clerk Adam Keppel-Green.

“A street party on the Moor could be delivered with a small stage for some live music, tables and benches for residents to bring their own picnics, traditional games and entertainment such as Punch and Judy, and stalls such as a coconut shy, which could be manned by and raise funds for local charities.”

Hosting the event on the Moor would mean no road closures were required, he said, and the council could look to work with Knutsford Heritage Centre to host a temporary Second World War-themed exhibition in a marquee.

Staging and promoting the street party would cost £2,500.

As part of its VE commemorations the council is also looking at applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project recording the memories of those who lived in Knutsford during the war.

Adam added: “This could be a video project to create a lasting documentary-style video using interviews, archive footage and local historians filling gaps which aren’t recorded by memories.

“The council could look to launch the video at a special screening in the Curzon cinema and make it available online.

“Alternatively, if funding is not achieved the council could look to deliver a similar project using audio recordings. These could similarly be hosted online, but may have less impact and be less used than video.”

A short service of remembrance to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day could take place at the town’s Centennial War Memorial.

In 2020 VE Day falls on a Friday, and the early May bank holiday has been moved to Friday, May 8 to celebrate the 75th anniversary.