VE Day 70th anniversary to be commemorated in Leeds

Leeds: May 13 1945. March past of the Auxiliary Fire Service contingent on The Headrow, salute being taken by Charles Walker, Lord Mayor of Leeds. Celebration for VE Day.
Leeds: May 13 1945. March past of the Auxiliary Fire Service contingent on The Headrow, salute being taken by Charles Walker, Lord Mayor of Leeds. Celebration for VE Day.
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Events are to be held in Leeds to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) on Friday May 8.

The programme will begin on the day with the Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun David Congreve laying a wreath at the war memorial on Victoria Gardens before participating in a national two minute silence at 3pm.

The counting for the Leeds local elections is taking place on the Friday afternoon at the First Direct Arena and all activity at the venue will also stop as people fall silent for two minutes at 3pm.

A chain of beacons are to be lit across the United Kingdom on the night to mark the anniversary and the Lord Mayor will be lighting the city’s very own beacon at exactly 9.32pm on Millennium Square located next to Leeds Civic Hall to signify the exact moment 70 years ago that peace broke out.

Before a bugler announces the lighting of the beacon, a veteran will read out a special tribute on the night.

Members of the public, veterans and serving military personnel are all warmly invited to attend either or both of the events as Leeds remembers the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Further details regarding the national 70th Anniversary can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ve-day-70th-anniversary.

Coun Congreve said: “Friday May 8 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War ending in Europe, and in Leeds we will be holding two events on the day as part of the commemorations.

“I feel extremely humble to be given the opportunity to lay a wreath at the war memorial, and then join members of the public in a two minute silence as we remember and reflect on VE Day and the contributions made by so many people and the sacrifices that they made during the Second World War.

“We will also be lighting a city beacon on Millennium Square at exactly 9.32pm and I look forward to members of the public, veterans and serving military personnel joining us for what really does promise to be a very poignant event.”