Hartlepool lights a beacon to celebrate VE Day anniversary

The Mayor of Hartlepool Coun. Stephen Akers-Belcher lights the beacon in Victory Square, Hartlepool

The Mayor of Hartlepool Coun. Stephen Akers-Belcher lights the beacon in Victory Square, Hartlepool

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HARTLEPOOL joined in with the national celebration of the 70th anniversary of VE Day tonight.

Three days of events are taking place across the UK to celebrate the day which marked the end of the Second World War.

This afternoon, a Service of Remembrance was held at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, including a two-minute silence at 3pm.

It marked the moment Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his historic broadcast that Germany had surrendered and the war in Europe was over.

At 9.30pm, the Queen lit a beacon at the top of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, London.

Two minutes later, more than 200 others were lit across the UK, from Cornwall to the north of Scotland, including one in Hartlepool.

A civic ceremony took place, including a bugle fanfare, and there was laying of wreath by civilian and military personnel.

Tomorrow, cathedrals and churches up and down the country will ring their bells in celebration, while Sunday will be a day of thanksgiving.

Senior members of the Royal Family joining veterans and their families and representatives of the Allied nations and Commonwealth countries who fought with Britain for a service at Westminster Abbey.

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