'We'll Meet Again' promise at virtual concert for VE Day and Pendleside Hospice on Friday

Keep calm and carry on celebrating VE Day is the message from villagers in Fence who are not letting lockdown spoil their fund-raising for Pendleside Hospice.

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 7:00 am

An afternoon tea dance, which was due to be held at the Scout Hut in Fence this Bank Holiday Friday, has been re-organised into a virtual festival with Pendle singer Josh Hindle performing on the hospice Facebook page.

Josh, who was due to sing at the tea dance, will instead sing via social media from 3pm to 5pm on Friday with a mixture of 1940s and other music.

Pamela Barton, one of the committee members, said: "Obviously our tea dance had to be cancelled but in true wartime spirirt we have had to make do and mend, and Josh has kindly agreed to sing on the hospice Facebook page.

One of the windows bedecked in Fence for VE Day 75th anniversary

"We hold a number of fund-raising events throughout the year for the hospice and Friday's has been organised to coincide with the VE Day 75th anniversary celebrations. A number of residents in Fence have already put bunting up and are being invited to share pictures of themselves and make donations on the Facebook page during the performance.

"We hope it keeps the hsopice and VE Day at the forefornt of everyone's minds."

And in a bid to summon the wartime spirit and raise morale during lockdown, Josh will sing Dame Vera Lynn's famous 'We'll Meet Again' as his closing song on Friday with everyone invited to go out onto their doorsteps and join in.