THE Isle of Wight will dance for VE Day thanks to a team of lindy hoppers.

Event organisers are being asked to submit applications to English Heritage and one lucky applicant will secure a team of dancers for the day.

The fun will take place on the VE Day bank holiday, when English Heritage is calling on the nation to Dance for VE Day to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of Second World War in Europe. The charity will lend some swing-time spirit to the nation’s celebrations by sending hundreds of expert lindy hoppers to join community events and street parties in all 48 counties of England. Whether it’s a party in a park, a tea dance in a town hall, or even a knees-up in a Nissen hut, historic dance experts will lead lessons and performances at regional celebrations to help communities lindy hop ‘til they drop in true 1940s style.

Applications are invited until March 8.

Anyone can apply, and English Heritage is especially interested to hear from those planning to get the whole community involved in celebrations, regardless of age and ability.

After the closing date, one application from each county in England will be selected to get dancing.

Kate Mavor, English Heritage chief executive, said: “VE Day was a unique moment in our history – uniting people in spontaneous celebration as they awoke to the new dawn of peace in Europe. "At English Heritage, we bring the past to life, so now, 75 years on, what better way to celebrate this anniversary than by offering people the chance to dance like it’s 1945.

"Whether you are in a school, nursing home, or planning a street party with all the neighbours, we want to hear from you — the more involved the community, the better.”

The application form and further details can be found at