Bedford Marks VE Day 70

Bedford is marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day over this weekend.

‘Victory in Europe’ Day, or ‘VE Day’ as it is better known, marks the day that peace broke out across Europe in 1945, ending nearly six years of war.

In celebration of the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, this year on 8th May Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to commemorate the anniversary of peace.

Bedford Borough Council is delighted to announce that a unique gas-fuelled Beacon, with its burner in the shape of a V for ‘victory’ has been provided free of charge by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and will be lit during the evening of Friday 8th May.

The Beacon, which will be placed proudly at the top of Bedford Castle Mound, will be lit by the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis accompanied by representatives of the Royal British Legion at 21:30. This will follow a ceremonial tribute paid to those who gave their lives at home and abroad for us to enjoy the peace we have today. At the going down of the sun on the 8th May, the first beacon will be lit and cities and towns the length and breadth of the country will fire their beacons to celebrate the light emerging from the darkness of war.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesperson said “The United Kingdom has been shaped by the sacrifices made by our servicemen abroad and at home, whom we should always remember and honour.

VE Day marks the date that peace spread across Europe in 1945 and Bedford will be proudly supporting this important event and lighting our Beacon to show our solidarity with the rest of the country.”

Bedford Borough Council invites members of the public to attend the event to show their gratitude to the servicemen and servicewomen who sacrificed their lives abroad and at home.

Place: The foot of Bedford Castle Mound

Public to Arrive by: 21:20

Beacon lit: 21:30

Date: 8th May 2015

A link to the interactive map of VE Day celebrations across the UK can be found here www.gov.uk/veday70

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