VE DAY REMEMBERED 70 YEARS ON
A poignant series of events were staged in Bucks to mark 70 years since Victory in Europe Day.
VE DAY celebrations took place throughout Bucks as people marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Villagers in Chalfont St Peter gathered around the War Memorial on Friday (May) for a short service and two minute silence led by the Reverend Charles Overton.
After the silence church bells rang out over the village as they would have done on VE Day.
In the evening a crowd on Gold Hill Common enjoyed the singing of songs from the 1940s courtesy of Gold Hill Baptist Church, the reading of a tribute by Ken Arton, a veteran of the Second World War, and the lighting of the beacon by Sapper Chris Tyrell who was also celebrating his 21st birthday.
Linda Smith of the parish council, members of the British Legion and Pastor James Simmons from Gold Hill Baptist Church were also there.
National celebrations took place on Sunday, which included a service of thanksgiving and a parade into St James’ Park.
The tribute read out at the local celebrations remembered “those who gave their lives at home and abroad,” “those who come home wounded,” and “the families that lost husbands, wives, sons, daughters and sweethearts”.
70th Anniversary Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO, National President of The Royal British Legion, said: “We are honoured to play our part in helping the nation mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.
“The Legion has a responsibility to help the memories of those of who have fought and died in our nation’s Armed Forces live on for future generations.
“The commemoration of this conflict, still in living memory, gives us the opportunity to salute the Second World War generation. We hope that all communities will use the VE Day 70 commemorations to thank them and celebrate the role they played in our nation’s history.”
SERVICE: Buckinghamshire’s VE Day 70th anniversary beacon alight atop Coombe Hill. Royal British Legion standard bearers parade at Coombe Hill before the lighting of Buckinghamshire’s VE Day 70th anniversary beacon
MEMORIAL: Veterans and parishioners gathered at Chalfont St Peter Parish Church for a remembrance service and held two minutes silence