Bradford – The Lord Mayor of Bradford is leading a ceremony of commemoration in the city’s Centenary Square on May 8 to mark Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
Friday 8 May 2015 is the anniversary of VE Day, marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Cllr Mike Gibbons will lead the ceremony at 3pm. He will be supported by his Chaplain Canon Philip Gray and Canon Sam Chorley the Chaplain to the Royal British Legion (Bradford Branch).
The timing of the ceremony will coincide with a service of remembrance at The Cenotaph in London and a national two minute silence at 3pm, marking the moment Winston Churchill broadcast his historic speech formally announcing the end of the war. The celebrations will be echoed by other events across the country.
In the evening the Lord Mayor will light a beacon at the Cenotaph to celebrate the light emerging from the darkness of war. This beacon will form a chain of over 100 beacons being lit at 9.30pm, across the United Kingdom, Channel Isles and the Isle of Man.
The City Hall clock tower will also be illuminated to reflect the buildings that were lit up in celebration on VE Day in 1945.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons, said: “It is important that we don’t let this day pass without remembering the events of 70 years ago, when peace broke out bringing to an end nearly six years of war across Europe. I would like to encourage people to come and take part in the two minutes silence or the beacon lighting in the evening.”
The bells of Bradford Cathedral will ring at 11am on Saturday the 9 May 2015 along with other cathedrals across the country.