Coventry businesses join forces to create Garden Party Weekend

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Coventry businesses are joining forces to deliver hampers of treats and meals to your doorstep for your very own garden party.

With the May Day Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching, Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) is inviting every citizen of Coventry to a very special Bank Holiday Garden Party – with a difference!

The Bank Holiday will this year be celebrated on a Friday, rather than on Monday, for the first time, to coincide the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

Back in 1945, the news brought about celebrations across every household and street up and down the nation – and it is in this spirit that the ‘virtual’ Garden Party Weekend is announced.

Coventry BID invited us all to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise the roof, decorate the home with bunting and party like it’s 1945.

Whether it’s a picnic on the back lawn; a sandwich and a glass of fizz on your front step, or a pork pie and slice of cake in your kitchen, there’s no excuse not to enjoy the celebration while at home.

Coventry’s favourite food and drink businesses, alongside Coventry Market, will join forces to create extra-special Garden Party Weekend dishes and VE Day hampers for home delivery across the three-day weekend.

With 30 city businesses already pledging their allegiance to the campaign, Coventrians can choose from sumptuous afternoon cream teas delivered to your doorstep on the Friday and Saturday – a perfect way to treat yourself.

Sunday 10th May will see traditional roast dinners being prepared and delivered across the city, too.

Trish Willets, director at Coventry BID, praised Coventry’s “fighting spirit”.

“We’re determined not to let the war against Corona spoil our celebrations – afterall, Coventry is a city that was scarred by the Second World War but continues to rebuild itself so spectacularly”, she said.

“So, instead of welcoming you into the city for our annual Food Festival, we’re bringing the Food Festival to your front door with ‘virtual’ The Garden Party Weekend!”

Councillor Abdul Salam Khan, cabinet member for events at Coventry City Council, added: “Clearly here in Coventry, a city synonymous with this dreadful period in Britain’s history and how we rose to rebuild ourselves, it is fitting that we mark the occasion.

“By taking part either through supporting the local businesses who are delivering food to people’s doors,  decorating their houses with bunting, or coming together safely as a family in their own gardens, we encourage the city to mark a special date in the city’s and country’s history.”

Although the national VE Day plans are not yet known, it is widely thought that there will be a two- minute silence at 11:00 am; an address around 3:00 pm marking Churchill’s speech and a UK wide singalong of We’ll Meet Again at 9:00 pm.

“In the words of the great Dame Vera Lynn”, adds Trish Willets, “‘We’ll meet again.  Don’t know when, don’t know where’, so, in the meantime, let’s make this Garden Party Weekend our very own VE celebration at this most unusual time in our own history!”

Follow Coventry city centre’s social media pages for up-to-date announcements on Afternoon Tea and Sunday Roast slots.