VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations are being given a boost across Barrow and Furness with donations of gifts and cakes.
BAE Systems Submarines joined forces with Heaths toy shop on Dalton Road, Barrow, and the Cake Fairy from Walney to deliver commemorative packs and treats to care homes and schools.
Packs included bunting, hats, flags and Union Jack cakes. The school packs include A3 posters for children to colour in and display in their windows at home or school as part of the Stay At Home Street Party movement. Maxine Harris, senior engineer at BAE Systems volunteered to sew red, white and blue fabric bunting for the packs.
Amy Lamph, BAE Systems Education Skills Advisor, said: “It is way of us saying thank you to both generations. A thank you to the older generation who fought in the war to keep us safe and the younger generations who are staying inside to keep the older generation safe today.”
After completing the baking, Paula Winter, who operates as Cake Fairy, said: “It’s been a pleasure to be involved. I really appreciate BAE Systems supporting local small businesses at this difficult time.”
At Risedale Care Homes, Director of Nursing, Barbara Johnson said: “On this special anniversary of VE Day we would normally have arranged lots of larger events with singers, family and friends.
“This year we will be celebrating it with our residents in a different way but we will still have music and a good old fashion sing along with lots of reminiscence of the good old days.
“One topic of our planned celebration is BAE Systems or the ‘yard’ as it’s commonly referred to so the commemorative packs are very fitting and will be a real boost to the residents and staff.”