Jefferson treated residents of 16 streets in Plymouth, as well as his neighbours in his home village, to a special surprise concert at their socially distanced street parties to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
He announced on social media last night that as a thank you to everyone that has given up their time to help others during these testing times, and endeavoured to help those self-isolating, he will be singing as part of the VE Day 75th Celebrations, and followed that his second to last concert would be broadcast live on his official Facebook page- all aiming to provide VE Day pride outside, and into people’s homes.
With planned events across the country, to commemorate the monumental occasion, cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jefferson was inspired to devise this innovative way to celebrate, whilst adhering to social distancing measures, complete with a catalogue of wartime classics and a genuine 1942 Willys Jeep.
Flag-waving families and residents of all ages joined in with his live performances, dancing at the bottom of their driveways and singing along with his renditions of “It's a Long Way to Tipperary” and "Roll Out the Barrel", to name a couple, as the neighbourhood marked the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe, while socially distancing themselves to obey the strict lockdown rules brought in during the coronavirus crisis.
One song by Jefferson was particularly moving, bringing tears to people’s eyes, was his rendition of "We'll Meet Again," made famous by forces' sweetheart Vera Lynn, before informing locals that “if we all keep sharing the same spirit of unity and determination, and if we can help protect the NHS to save lives by continuing to stay at home, we will come out of this together and we will be reunited with our friends, our family and all our loved ones. We will meet again”.
His speech reached out to the local community, his neighbours (for whom he performed an extended concert for at his own home village’s street party), and to all the 1.5k viewers that tuned into his Facebook Live broadcast, and invited them to participate, from a distance or from their homes, which further added to lifting community spirit.
Local residents took to Facebook to praise Jefferson, with one commending him as “a true professional and a star who certainly sung his heart out”, and another honouring his commitment in “giving 100% in every one of his 16 performances. He really was the hero of the day”.
Jefferson would like to personally thank District Councillor for Woolwell Nicky Hopwood for the arrangements, Stuey Nosworthy from AVLX - Professional Technical Support for providing the sound for each concert, and Simon Prout for safely escorting him in his authentic military utility vehicle.