Beacons lit to remember those who fought
GATHERING: Chesham Royal British Legion organised a service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, May 8 A CROWD gathered at a war memorial to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of VE day.
Chesham Royal British Legion organised the service, which was led by the vicar of St Mary’s Church Rev Simon Cansdale, at 11am on Friday, May 8.
Mr Cansdale gave a speech and said a prayer before four wreaths were laid, one by the branch chairman of Chesham Royal British Legion Bob Parrin, one by Brian Brown from the Royal Naval Association, one by the Royal Air Force Association and another RAF wreath, which was laid by Jimmy Jones who is a Second World War veteran.
Flags were also erected around the memorial including the Union Jack, the Royal Naval Association flag, the Royal Air Force Association flag and the Chesham town flag.
There were also two standard bearers and two buglers at the service.
A two minute silence was also held.
Mr Parrin added: “It was quite a good little crowd since we didn’t really advertise it. It was very quiet for the two minute silence.”
The beacon is lit by Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, watched by county council chairman Zahir Mohammed and Lord Lieutenant’s Cadets, Petty Officer Cadet Harriet Hulland and CSM Cadet Georgie James THE LORD Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire took part in VE Day celebrations on Friday to mark the end of the Second World War.
Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher lit a beacon on Coombe Hill to mark the 70th anniversary celebrations in front of about 60 civic guests.
The beacon lighting followed an act of remembrance on the steps of Coombe Hill’s war memorial at which the County Council Chairman, Zahir Mohammed, read out a tribute. Sir Henry said: “It’s important that we remember historic events such as this.
“Our armed forces defended our country against Nazi oppression 70 years ago to preserve the freedoms we now accept as everyday life today.”
The queen lit a beacon outside Windsor Castle to start the chain of more than 100 lighting ceremonies across the country.
Behind a parade of Royal British Legion (RBL) standard bearers, Buckinghamshire’s RBL Vice-Chairman Bob Higgins read an exhortation and bugler Max Farmer played the Last Post, followed by a brief silence by the Reveille and a voluntary.
The Chairman, Petty Officer Cadet Harriet Hulland and CSM Cadet Georgie James then joined Sir Henry to light the beacon.