Karen Brammer
St Michael and All Angels Church Shefford are proud to feature in this VE 75 Day Commemoration Video by Karen Brammer Photography & Digital Art on behalf of the Shefford Town Council. You will recognise some of the contributors to this!

It has been a great honour to be asked to compile this video to commemorate VE75 Day on the 8th May 2020 for Shefford Town Council. It was quite a challenge putting this together as I am in the extremely vulnerable shielding group so have had to go to some great lengths to interview people, obtain images, video and also go through my extensive photo library, all whilst unable to leave my own home.

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I am so grateful to all who have contributed and taken part as the success of completing this would not of been possible without their help and willingness to take part. Thanks extend to @SheffordTownCouncil, Paul Mackin, Ken Pollard, Audrey White, St Michael and All Angels Church Shefford, Shefford History Group, Shefford Lower School, Imperial War Museum London Jewish Children's Museum

This video and images were compiled by Karen Brammer, a photographer based in Shefford, Bedfordshire, for Shefford Town Council to commemorate VE 75 Day on the 8th May 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on the 8th May 1945. This video contains images, audio, text and interviews; credit and acknowledgement have been within the video itself.

This video has been compiled during COVID-19 lockdown. It has taken a lot of effort to get a lot of the content of this video due to people self-isolating, social distancing and all the logistics that entailed as a result of this. In just a 2 week period, Karen who compiled the video has managed to contact different people in Shefford and further afield to obtain images, interviews, videos, music, edit and restore damaged photos, go through her extensive library of photos to include in the video.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it has taken longer to collate information from people, some of which didn't arrive until Sunday. Karen spent a lot of time on Monday scanning, editing and restoring images and video clips etc.... finding appropriate music to accompany the visual images. Karen finished the video yesterday ready to go live today.

This short video has been released prior to VE Day to invite the community of Shefford and our surrounding neighbours to join us in the toast, bearing in mind the social distancing rules, to those who gave so much for us. We hope that you will come out into your gardens and join us in the toast at 3pm on Friday, May 8th.

We will add some more images to the video following the VE Day events. So, send us your pictures and video clips so that they can be added to show our community on the day.

Click here to watch the Shefford VE75 video!