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VE Day 70th anniversary

08 May 2015

The Diocese of Lincoln has been marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day with an authentic 1940s street party. 

Street parties were held across the UK after Winston Churchill announced the unconditional surrender of the German forces on 8th May 1945.

Officers of the diocese gave up their free time to commemorate the occasion by dressing in authentic costumes and making authentic foods including, Anzac biscuits, cheese scones and spam sandwiches.

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Today marks the start of three days of services and celebrations across the UK to mark the anniversary of VE Day.

A service of remembrance was held at the Cenotaph in London at 3pm, to coincide with the exact time Sir Winston Churchill announced the news of Germany's surrender to the nation.

Tonight Her Majesty the Queen will light the first of over 200 specially commissioned beacons spread across the country. Starting at Windsor Castle at the going down of the sun, the beacons will be lit one after the other. Lincolnshire is to host one of the beacons at Ross Castle in Cleethorpes. The beacon will be lit by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Alex Baxter.

"I am honoured to take part in this national celebration and commemoration," said Cllr Baxter.

"It’s important that we take the time to remember our fallen soldiers, not only from the World War, but also from more recent conflicts. I hope people will come join me at Ross Castle for this important occasion."

On Saturday 9th May at 11.00am, churches and Cathedrals across the country have been invited to take part in bell ringing to mark the occasion, followed in the evening by a concert held by the BBC and the Royal British Legion. VE Day 70: A party to remember will feature performances by Elaine Page, Dads Army's Ian Lavender and legendary rock band Status Quo.

Sunday will see a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, led by the Dean of Westminster, with the Archbishop of Canterbury giving an address at the service. This will be followed by a parade of veterans and other organisations and associations representing the work of civilians and service personnel who served in the Second World War in Europe. 

We would like to hear and see how your are celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Send us your pictures via email daniel.herrick@lincoln.anglican.org, or post them on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.

If you would like more information about celebrations in Lincolnshire, click here. If you would like to know more about the national celebrations, click here.