Sunderland and Seaham light beacons to celebrate VE Day anniversary

VE Day 70th anniversary celebrations at Seaham, with the lighting of a beacon next to Tommy
VE Day 70th anniversary celebrations at Seaham, with the lighting of a beacon next to Tommy
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SUNDERLAND and Seaham tonight joined in with the national celebration of the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

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 Seaham and another in Sunderland.

Sunderland’s gathering began at 6pm in Cliffe Park at Seaburn, with free entertainment throughout the evening.

Seaham held 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.

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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