VE Day 75 years on: How you can make the most of a magical day

Britain brings out the bunting to mark VE Day 75 years on: Celebrations will culminate with an address by the Queen – here’s how you can make the most of a magical day

  • Victory in Europe Day commemorates the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender, on Tuesday, May 8, 1945 
  • A giant Union flag has been created on the beach beneath Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland by castle maintenance manager Andrew Heeley 
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson lit a candle at the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, remembering ‘the greatest generation of Britons who ever lived’

The parades have been ­cancelled but even in lockdown nothing can quell the nation’s spirit when it comes to celebrating today’s 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Across the land yesterday, flags and bunting were being put up as the country turned red, white and blue in preparation for socially distanced street parties.

A giant Union flag has been created on the beach beneath Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. It was drawn by castle maintenance manager Andrew Heeley and took him more than 18,000 steps to complete.

VE Day 75 years on – A six-page special in the Daily Mail – ‘Make the most of a magical day’ 

Pictured: Prime Minister Boris Johnson lighting a candle at the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey in solemn remembrance of ‘the greatest generation of Britons who ever lived’

On the White Cliffs of Dover, Pipe Major Andy Reid of 1st Battalion Scots Guards played When The Battle’s O’er’ as two Spitfires from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew overhead

A giant Union flag has been created on the beach beneath Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. It was drawn by castle maintenance manager Andrew Heeley and took him more than 18,000 steps to complete

On the White Cliffs of Dover, Pipe Major Andy Reid of 1st Battalion Scots Guards played When The Battle’s O’er’ as two Spitfires from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew overhead, while the patrol vessel HMS Severn was positioned off the coast.

In Minster on Sea, Kent, retired electrician Tim Bell, 75, has decorated his mobility scooter as a tank, while Roedean School near Brighton has lit the main building with a Union flag design emblazoned with the number 75 and the words to We’ll Meet Again.

Dame Vera Lynn, 103, urged that as the nation parties it should ‘remember the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us’. 

The Forces’ Sweetheart added: ‘I hope that VE Day will remind us all that hope remains even in the most ­difficult of times and that simple acts of bravery and sacrifice still define our nation as the NHS works so hard to care for us.’

Pictured: Roedean School near Brighton has lit the main building with a Union flag design emblazoned with the number 75 and the words to We’ll Meet Again

Pictured: Excited six year old Ellie Ingham holding a string of Union flag bunting in her street in Northampton

Meanwhile in Minster on Sea, Kent, retired electrician Tim Bell, 75, has decorated his mobility scooter as a tank

Going all out for VE Day: Angharad, aged 10, with her parents Vivienne and Alex at their Union flag-decorated home in Twickenham

Yesterday Katherine Jenkins recorded a show, including a virtual duet of We’ll Meet Again with Dame Vera, at the Royal Albert Hall – the first time in its 150-year history that a concert has taken place in an empty auditorium. 

The half-hour performance will be shown at 6pm on its website.

Last night Boris Johnson lit a candle at the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. 

In a letter to veterans, the Prime Minister hailed ‘the greatest generation of Britons who ever lived’. 

Mr Johnson tweeted two pictures from his visit, adding: ‘Tonight I lit a candle by the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey in remembrance of those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom in the Second World War, which ended in Europe 75 years ago tomorrow.’ 

Pictured: Children and staff at Breadsall Primary School in Derby during a VE Day lunch party

Pictured: Residents of Nettlecombe Avenue in Southsea, Penny Meeking decorates her home in Union bunting and flags with her daughter Daisy, aged 10

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called on the nation to honour the sacrifice of the 1945 generation today by remembering reconciliation and holding on to hope.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will lead the two-minute silence at 11am, while the Queen will make a televised address at 9pm.

Navy warships around the world will sound their sirens and pierce the darkness with searchlights.

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