Worthing Council is poised to help the street parties and celebrations which are expected to take place throughout the area this May, as crowds will gather to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day.
VE day, short for ‘Victory in Europe’ day, signifies the conclusion of Hitler’s war, as well as the courage, endurance and sheer determination shown by those across the world. May 8th will mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War, and the start of national celebrations across that weekend.
Many communities will have members who recall the relief felt across the country as Hitler’s demise was sealed, when Britain finally had time to breathe a sigh of relief and figure out how to start rebuilding. This is why, with the help of local councils, communities are encouraged to come together to commemorate such an historic event.
Worthing Councils is one of many local authorities working to assist residents with their party planning and celebrations, and they are doing so by fast tracking applications – for free – from those wishing to cheer and honour the occasion. They are also encouraging local schools to get involved by lighting beacons and participating in the national two minutes silence, at 3pm on Friday May 8th – marking the moment of Winston Churchill’s speech, formally announcing the end of WWII.
Major Tom Wye, President of the Worthing branch of Combined Ex-Servicemen Association said: “There will be a Service of Commemoration at the Worthing War memorial in Chapel Road on May 8th. The service will commence at 3 pm coinciding with other services across the country.
“The service will be conducted by The Rev David Farrant who is the Padre for the Combined Ex-Services Association in Worthing. It is fitting that this service of commemoration will take place on the day of the election count, a reminder that those who made the ultimate sacrifice allowed us to live in a democratic society.”
Thousands of different events will be taking place throughout the UK during the week commencing May 8th including, the illumination of famous landmarks replicating those buildings lit up on VE day 1945, a VE concert to be broadcast live on BBC on Saturday 9th and a service of thanks and remembrance at the Cenotaph London, followed by UK street parties on Sunday 10th.
If you are interested in organising an event or street party for the VE day celebratory weekend application forms and full details of submission can be found at Road Closures page. Any enquiries can be directed to the Councils Business Support team – Tel: 01903 221226.