Cel­e­bra­tions mark 70th an­niver­sary

Macclesfield Express - - VE DAY SPECIAL - KAREN BRIT­TON

STREET par­ties, tea dances and other themed events will mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the end of the Sec­ond World War.

It’s been 70 years since Victory in Europe day – VE Day – when spon­ta­neous danc­ing and singing ex­ploded in the streets around the coun­try on the news that the war with Hitler was over.

The cel­e­bra­tions marked an enor­mous wave of re­lief for peo­ple around the coun­try who had en­dured six years of war, tinged with sor­row at the loss of so many young lives.

And this Fri­day, on the an­niver­sary of VE Day, peo­ple are be­ing urged to share in that cel­e­bra­tion again with events to mark the oc­ca­sion.

Events are set to take place across Macclesfield, Cheshire East and the coun­try.

Res­i­dents are urged to host their own events and share mem­o­ries of the his­toric day.

Vol­un­teers have or­gan­ised a fam­ily fun af­ter­noon from 1pm on Fri­day, at Ban­bury Park, Hurds­field.

On Sun­day, May 10, Cheshire Street­wise, a com­mu­nity in­ter­est com­pany, is hold­ing a VE Day- themed af­ter­noon tea party be­tween 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the Elim Cen­tre, on Par­son­age Street.

Mike Suarez, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “It’s im­por­tant that this an­niver­sary is marked in the ap­pro­pri­ate way and we hope that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will join in events tak­ing place in their com­mu­nity.

“Our older gen­er­a­tion who ex­pe­ri­enced the war will have bit­ter­sweet mem­o­ries, with so many peo­ple los­ing loved ones.

“But we hope they will be able to join in and share their rec­ol­lec­tions and help to make this a mem- orable oc­ca­sion.

“In 1945, VE Day in­jected an im­me­di­ate feel­ing of eu­pho­ria across the coun­try.

“Peo­ple par­tied and cel­e­brated and we have planned events to cel­e­brate as well as com­mem­o­rate.”

Civic ser­vices and wreath lay­ing cer­e­monies will mark the event at lo­ca­tions in the bor­ough. The first is out­side Macclesfield Town Hall at 10.45am.

Ad­dresses will be given to in­clude the ac­knowl­edge­ment of the huge loss of life in the Sec­ond World War and its im­pact on the na­tion.

A to­tal of 92,000 civil­ians were killed, while the bat­tle­field, air and sea hos­til­i­ties claimed the lives of 357,116 ser­vice men and women.

VE Day marks the mo­ment when Ad­mi­ral Donitz sur­ren­dered af­ter Hitler’s sui­cide on April 30, 1945.

‘VE Day in­jected an im­me­di­ate sense of eu­pho­ria’

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