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A ration of fun for kids to mark Victory In Europe Day

By David Young

Published 09/05/2015

Shea Wilson from Braidside Integrated Primary School in Ballymena on a school visit to the NI War Memorial in Belfast. Shea and his classmates learned from Susan Kelly what life was like during the war years
Shea Wilson from Braidside Integrated Primary School in Ballymena on a school visit to the NI War Memorial in Belfast. Shea and his classmates learned from Susan Kelly what life was like during the war years
Second World War veteran Bob Wright (92), who was a sergeant major, displays his campaign medals
Synchronised artillery signal at Hillsborough to mark VE Day

Schoolchildren joined old-timers for a taste of wartime cuisine as the Northern Ireland War Memorial team put on a slap-up afternoon tea - featuring ration-recipe carrot cake among the dainties on display.

The tasty treats were part of Northern Ireland's celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Victory In Europe (VE) Day on May 8, 1945, when a defeated Nazi Germany unconditionally surrended to the Allies, with Adolf Hitler dead and Berlin in ruins.

Last night huge beacons at Enniskillen, Coleraine, Bangor Ballyhalbert and Knockagh were lit as part of of a UK-wide chain of more than 200 bonfires commemorating the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Members of the 206 (Ulster) Battery Royal Artillery also fired their 105mm light gun at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, to commemorate VE Day

Tomorrow, members of the royal family will join armed forces veterans for a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral in London.

In August, the Northern Ireland War Memorial will host a commemoration for Victory In Japan (VJ) Day.

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