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Manchester Cathedral held a commemorative service and launched a beacon of light as the nation paid tribute to those who helped bring about victory in Europe 70 years ago.

The cathedral joined more than 200 locations up and down the country to light a beacon at 9.32pm. The Queen lit the Principle Beacon for the UK at Windsor Castle, followed by two further Beacons being lit along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Sue Cooley, said: “After years of war, fear and uncertainly the jubilation felt right across Europe on VE Day must have been overwhelming.

“VE Day was the end of one of the darkest periods in history and this anniversary is a time to reflect on just how much was sacrificed by so many for our freedom.

“While we remember the end of one of the most destructive wars in history I’d also like to ask everyone to spare a thought for all those affected by the many conflicts that still rage across the globe today.”

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In London, thousands of people flocked to the Cenotaph in Whitehall, and crowds were eight deep as they watched the Duke of York and prime minister David Cameron join more than 100 veterans for the service.

Mr Cameron’s political rivals Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nicola Sturgeon were also present at the event.

The mood in the crowd was both sombre and celebratory, and among the veterans was ex-general duties officer John McGuire, from Argyll in Scotland.

Mr McGuire served in the Argyll and Southern Highlanders regiment for 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s with posts in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.

Fighting back tears, the 68-year-old said: “This means the world to me, because if we didn’t have that we wouldn’t have this – we wouldn’t have had that election yesterday. We wouldn’t have had the choice.

“It means freedom and hopefully peace for my grandkids.”

 

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Mr. Warren J. Smith Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester

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News release: Manchester marks 70 years since VE Day:

Manchester will celebrate the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) on Friday 8 March 2015 – which will mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War.

At 3pm a two minute silence will be observed across the city to commemorate the anniversary, the start and end of which will be marked by the firing of a maroon from Manchester Town Hall.
Manchester Cathedral will then hold a VE Day service at 9pm before joining more than 200 locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man in lighting a beacon at 9.32pm – after the Principal Beacon has been lit at Windsor Castle by Her Majesty The Queen.

VE Day was a public holiday that celebrated the end of the Second World War on 8 May 1945 and saw the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender.

manchester cathedral service

Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Sue Cooley, said: “After years of war, fear and uncertainly the jubilation felt right across Europe on VE Day must have been overwhelming.

“VE Day was the end of one of the darkest periods in history and this anniversary is a time to reflect on just how much was sacrificed by so many for our freedom.

“While we remember the end of one of the most destructive wars in history I’d also like to ask everyone to spare a thought for all those affected by the many conflicts that still rage across the globe today.”

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of the VE Day 70th Anniversary Beacons said: “VE Day on the 8 May represents a further important milestone in the history of our country. It was on this day, 70 years ago, that peace brought an end to nearly six years of war across Europe. We must not let this day pass without reflecting on the sacrifice, courage and determination of the people who saw us through this dark period.

“It’s therefore fitting that we should celebrate with the veterans and their families and commemorate this historic anniversary once more through the lighting of beacons on Friday 8 May this year.

“Her Majesty The Queen has graciously agreed to light the Principal and first Beacon outside Windsor Castle. This will be followed by two further Beacons being lit along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, just before the lighting of the other two hundred plus Beacons throughout the United Kingdom.”

For details of VE Day celebrations across the country please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ve-day-70th-anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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