CHARD has paid tribute to the many who gave their lives fighting in the second world war as the ocuntry marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Although the nation is currently in lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Chard mayor Jason Baker has laid a wreath at the town's war memorial.

He said: "We are commemorating VE day today in unusual circumstances, where we have been asked to isolate ourselves to help each other in our homes, our communities and our country.

"Today we are marking and remembering how it felt for those in this country at the end of years of self-sacrifice on so many levels.

"The marking of change and different beginnings.

"Some of us will today be joining safely outside our homes in the big picnic a picnic of hope and thanks to mark VE day

"Can I please ask you all to take the time to look after each other, your family and neighbours and please remember if you need support contact our Chard Covid-19 helpline.”