Belfast Telegraph

Give us a kiss, it's 70 years since end of war

By Dominic Harris

Seventy years after the nation erupted with joy at the end of the Second World War, people all over the UK will again take to the streets to commemorate VE Day.

People up and down the land are also being encouraged to get involved in the commemorations by dressing up in clothing evoking the era, holding street parties and - like TV star Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford - enjoying a celebratory "kiss for VE Day".

Three days of festivities are being held across the UK to mark the anniversary on May 8, seven decades to the day after the news that Nazi Germany had unconditionally surrendered to the Allies

Veterans will join the Queen and senior members of the royal family for a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, beacons will be lit across the country, stars will perform at a 1940s-themed concert held in London, and the Red Arrows, Spitfire fighters and Lancaster bombers will take to the skies in a fly-past over the capital.

On each night of the festivities, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral and Trafalgar Square will be lit with V-shaped lights, mirroring the floodlights that bathed the buildings following victory 70 years ago. Veterans will watch as senior members of the royal family, politicians and military leaders lay wreaths, and at 3pm - the moment Prime Minister Winston Churchill broadcast the news of the German surrender to the nation - there will be a national two-minute silence.

In the evening a chain of 100 beacons will be lit as "flames of peace" across the UK, including a special VE Day beacon on Castle Island, Enniskillen.

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