Beacons will mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

SPECIAL tribute: Councillor Bruce Burn and deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher alongside Tommy.
SPECIAL tribute: Councillor Bruce Burn and deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher alongside Tommy.
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SUNDERLAND’S sky will be lit up tomorrow night as part of efforts to mark VE Day.

Cliffe Park in Seaburn will see Wearsiders pay their respects and mark the 70th anniversary of the date when the Allied Forces claimed victory in Europe in World War Two.

Everyone will be more than welcome to join us around the cenotaph to mark this night.

Paul Fletcher, Seaham deputy town clerk

The event will be one of 200 held around the country as part of the co-ordinated celebration, with the Queen to light one outside Windsor Castle at 9.30pm and those across the UK to be lit two minutes later.

Sunderland’s gathering will begin at 6pm, with free entertainment throughout the evening.

Seaham will hold its own ceremony in the shadow of its landmark Tommy artwork, inspired by a First World War soldier, and next to the Terrace Green war memorial.

It will feature a beacon created by the town council and will see deputy mayor Bruce Burn and fellow councillors gather with organisations including the town’s branch of the British Legion, cadet groups and members of the clergy at the foot of the statue.

People will be welcome to join in the event and take along candles to light.

Deputy town clerk Paul Fletcher said: “The Government had beacons, but they all went to large cities, so we have decided to make our own. It looks brilliant.

“Everyone will be more than welcome to join us around the cenotaph to mark this night.”