Melton to celebrate VE day

The front page of next week's eight-page VE Day supplement EMN-150428-151718001

The front page of next week's eight-page VE Day supplement EMN-150428-151718001

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Beacons will be lit and church bells rung across the Melton borough to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Schools are to hold tea parties and special assemblies and residents are invited to a 1940s-themed event at the town’s St Mary’s Church in a weekend of celebrations of VE Day.

Activities will begin on Friday May 8 - the day after the Allies officially accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany - with the firing of maroons in Play Close, Melton, at 3pm to signal a two-minute silence.

This will coincide with the moment Winston Churchill made a broadcast to the nation back in 1945.

Lynn Aisbett, chief executive of Melton Borough Council said: “VE Day70 aims to encourage people across the capital and around the country to join in the national and local commemorations to remember the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

“Melton Borough Council is honoured to be involved in the local events being held and would like to invite local residents to come along and share in this opportunity for reflection and remembrance.”

Mayor of Melton, Councillor John Wyatt, will light the town’s beacon inPlay Close at 9.30am on May 8, following a ceremony and tribute conducted by the Royal British Legion and the Town Estate.

Schools are being invited that day to hold VE tea parties or commemorative assemblies to mark the historic date.

On the Saturday, church bells will be rung across the borough at 11am as part of a nationwide tribute.

A special event at St Mary’s Church will see visitors dressed in red, white and blue or 1940s costume, dances from the period and children’s games from that time.

Melton communities are being encouraged to hold street parties on the Sunday.

l See next week’s Melton Times for an eight-page VE Day anniversary supplement.