West Norfolk to mark VE Day

Copy picture from LN&A VE Day Feature ANL-150424-144517009
Copy picture from LN&A VE Day Feature ANL-150424-144517009

Friday is the 70th anniversary of VE Day and people across West Norfolk are being encouraged to take part in celebrations.

There are events across the borough but some of the main ones are:

Remembrance Service at Tower Gardens, King's Lynn ANL-140911-181911009

Remembrance Service at Tower Gardens, King's Lynn ANL-140911-181911009

Over the weekend, Union flags will be raised at the council offices, Lynn Town Hall and Tourist Information Centre.

At 11am on Friday, bellringers at King’s Lynn Minster will ring a quarter peal to mark the end of the Second World War in Europe.

At 3pm (the time that Churchill formally announced the end of the war in Europe) the national two-minute silence will be observed across all council buildings and Alive Leisure facilities.

The deputy mayor, Colin Manning, will be processing with the Royal British Legion from their club premises in Tower Street at 6pm to Tower Gardens. There, he will lay a wreath at the War Memorial.

The Rev Canon Christopher Ivory and Father Adrian Ling will then lead a service in the gardens.

The light shows that form Art, Cities, Landscape Lynn Lumiere, will be changed on some buildings to mark the anniversary and to remember the buildings that were lit up on VE Day in 1945.

These will show from 8.30pm until 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Manning, said: “As someone born on 3 June, just a few days before D Day in 1944, I was mostly unaware of the horrors of the war until becoming a young teenager in the 1950s, as our history lessons at primary school never mentioned the sacrifices of our troops and civilians.

“Since then I have read and watched many reports and newsreels of those events with a mixture of pride, sadness, horror and every emotion in between.

“I know and appreciate the huge debt I owe to the men and women who fought to enable us to enjoy the freedom and democracy we take for granted today.

“I am deeply honoured to be laying a wreath on behalf of the people of this borough, both to celebrate the victory and to remember those who made it possible. I hope many people will join us in observing the two-minute silence, and in participating in the service at the Tower Gardens.”

Downham will be busy with a swing jazz ban playing in the morning at the Town Square and there is a street party at Wade Wright Court.

On Saturday there will be more 1940s music on the town square at lunchtime courtesy of Downham Amateur Dramatic Society.