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Stockton commemorates 70th anniversary of VE Day

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Stockton will welcome two World War 2 veterans to Stockton Town Centre on Friday 8 May to lead the 70th anniversary commemoration of VE Day.

A special beacon lighting ceremony will take place on Stockton High Street between 8.30pm and 9pm.

The service will include readings from 95 year old veteran, Fred Lakelock from Thornaby, a local cadet and Denis Grubb, Chair of the Billingham branch of the Royal British Legion.

A one minute silence will be held before 91 year old Jack Chapman from Fairfield lights a commemorative beacon at 8.50pm.

Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, said: “On 8 May 70 years ago nearly six years of war across Europe came to an end. It is important that we continue to reflect on those events which have had a huge impact on our lives today so everyone is welcome to come to Stockton Town Centre on Friday evening to join us in commemorating this significant anniversary.”

As the event comes to a close Stockton Town Centre’s street lighting, river lighting and fountain will become red, white and blue to represent the Union Jack.

Representatives from the Royal British Legion, local cadets and Armed Forces motorcycle riders will also be participating in the commemorations.

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