VE DAY RE­MEM­BERED 70 YEARS ON

A poignant se­ries of events were staged in Bucks to mark 70 years since Victory in Europe Day.

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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

Pho­tos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE152740

ME­MO­RIAL: Vet­er­ans and parish­ioners gath­ered at Chal­font St Peter Parish Church for a re­mem­brance ser­vice and held two min­utes si­lence

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