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Bells Ring To Mark 70th Anniversary of VE Day

 

 

Cathedrals and churches across the UK are ringing their bells to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The ringing, which began at 11am, signifies the end to the years the bells had hung in silence during the Second World War.

This evening, a star-studded concert will take place at Horse Guards Parade in London, hosted by The Royal British Legion.

It includes performances influenced by the era – from Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo and couples from Strictly Come Dancing.

Tomorrow, around 1,000 veterans and their families will attend a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

They will be joined by members of the Royal Family, MPs, members of the Armed Forces and representatives of the Allied nations and Commonwealth countries that fought alongside Britain

A parade of bands, veterans and current servicemen and women will then make their way from the abbey along Whitehall.

They will pass the balcony where Winston Churchill made a historic speech before vast crowds.

A reception will then be held for veterans in St James’s Park hosted by the Legion, where there will also be vehicles from the 1940s.

The public can watch the ceremony at the abbey from Horse Guards Parade.

They will also be able to see the veterans parade and the changing of The Queen’s Life Guard by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

In the afternoon, there will be a fly-past over central London by the Red Arrows.

That will be followed by a fly-by of aircraft that helped Britain and her Allies win the war – the Lancaster bomber and Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

Trafalgar Square will also be decked with bunting and The Band of the Grenadier Guards will perform music from the era opposite Nelson’s Column.

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