Party to mark next year’s VE Day anniversary

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Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Downham Town Council is looking to mark the occasion.

The council has been organising a party with a swing band on Friday, May 8, 1945, to celebrate the important anniversary of VE Day.

The council is hoping more groups in the town will get involved by putting on events during that weekend.

Six long years of war in Europe finally came to an end during the early hours of May 7 when the Germans signed the surrender and the follow day was declared a public holiday as Victory in Europe Day.

War in the Far East continued, of course, until August, but spontaneous street parties and celebrations were held across the country and West Norfolk too saw many celebrations.

The event next May is being organised by town councillors Patrick Neate and Marion Ross, along with members of a working party.

Mr Neate said: “We should all be grateful to the people who died. If we had not won the war, our lives would have been very different.

“We have started to organise it quite early but we would like everyone to put the date in their diaries.

“I would encourage other people in the town to put on events.”

It is hoped that the town’s wartime generation will also become involved with the event.

And it is intended that the party, set to start at 7pm, will be free.