VE Day Celebrations

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  1. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys how will you be celebrating VE Day. All being well I'll be in Lowestoft on Friday night as they light
    the beacon
     
  2. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  3. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    Hoping to meet some Vets there, just hope the weather stays dry.
     
  4. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Didn't know about the beacons until I read this thread.
    Just looked them up.
     
  6. Caz65

    Caz65 Member

    I didn't know about the beacons either. I, too, have just looked at the link - apparently Leeds is invited to light a beacon. Haven't heard of any details though.
     
  7. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    Leeds -
    http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Events/Pages/70th-anniversary-of-ve-day.aspx



    A chain of beacons will also be lit across the United Kingdom on the night, and the Lord Mayor will be lighting the city’s own beacon at 9.32pm on Millennium Square.

    As part of the Beacon lighting ceremony, a World War II veteran will be reading out a tribute and a bugler will play a fanfare to announce the start of the lighting of the ceremony.
     
  8. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    In Lowestoft a Brass Band will be playing music from the movies and music from the 40's in the evening as part of the celebration. From what I can make out it should be quite a celebration.
     
  9. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    There's a ceremony at the village war memorial tomorrw which we'll attend, followed by a "cup that cheers".
    I have a copy of the South Wales Echo of May 7 1945, headlines:

    Doenitz Orders Unconditional Surrender of All Forces
    "We have succumbed after 6 years."
    Severe terms: "we had to accept them."
    etc.
    German forces in Norway were the last to capitulate - Uboats cease activity.
     
  10. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    When I agreed to a BBC TV interview to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE day my wife was still in hospital.

    After the interview I was asked if I would like to attend the Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday the 9th of May but as the boss was now home I felt unable to accept the BBC's offer.

    I will be watching it on TV however particularly as it follows immediately after my own offering at 10.25 am

    There should be some good viewing from the 7th to the 10th so set your TV to do some recording.

    Ron
     
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  11. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    Lots happening here - Beacons lit around the place.
    VE Day Street Parts at NI War Memorial Building earlier.

    I am off to Belfast City Hall for the Beacon there tomorrow evening.

    Enniskillen is having their beacon on a small Island in the town.

    Should be good!!
     
  12. South

    South Member

    I have everything set to record on the tv. There isn't much happening here so I shall enjoy watching it. I am having a little tea party for my daughters (4 & 6) tomorrow. They are excited - 6yr old because she is fascinated by ww2, 4yr old because there will be jam!
     
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  13. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  14. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    I will have a special VE Day celebration for one person tomorrow, by laying a poppy cross to the Dutch soldiers commemorated at the Jaffa Cemetery in Delft. VE Day coincided with the day Delft was liberated by the Canadians.

    A photo exists of the 48 Highlanders doing the same thing 70 years ago.
     
  15. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    From Jaffa Cemetery at 0830 in Delft this VE & Liberation day.
     

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  16. Lotus7

    Lotus7 Well-Known Member

    The photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing Rob.
     
  17. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Just finished watching the service at the Cenotaph.

    It was so low key that I felt that if I had left the room for a minute I would have missed it.

    Lest we forget !

    Ron
     
  18. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    A couple of scans of the 8th May 1945 Eighth Army News.

    Just got back from the funeral of Sgt James O'Brien, who served with 2 LIR from 1940 to 1946 - he was in Udine with my Dad on VE Day

    best
     

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  19. 4jonboy

    4jonboy Daughter of a 56 Recce Patron

  20. nicolaw

    nicolaw Active Member

    We had some veterans to school for lunch and an interview with the student reporters
     

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