Festivities for VE Day anniversary

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  • May 8: A two-minute silence across the country at 3pm, the moment in 1945 when Sir Winston Churchill declared an end to war in Europe.
  • May 9: Communities are encouraged to organise street parties and churches and cathedrals are asked to ring their bells at 11am, as they did in 1945.
  • May 10: A service will be held at Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade of Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
  • To see more events happening across our district, visit www.kirkleestogether.co.uk

Sir Winston Churchill announced a “brief period of rejoicing” as the horrors and heroism of WWII came to an end almost 70 years ago.

And to commemorate the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marked the official surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied Forces, events will be held across the district from May 8-10.

Churchill’s broadcast was relayed from loud speakers at the town halls in Kirklees as flags and bunting lined the street parties and victory bonfires that sparked up.

On Saturday, May 9, a concert organised by the Spenborough branch of the Royal British Legion will take place at Cleckheaton’s town hall at 2pm.

Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band will play wartime tunes as songsheets and flags are handed to all attendees of the free Bradford Road event. Tickets are required. Contact David Walker on 01274 879526.

At Red House Museum in Gomersal, military historian Chris Schofield will explore a collection of WWII artefeacts from 2pm on Sunday, May 10.

Call Jacqueline Ryder on 01924 565428.