Wakefield Council takes part in VE Day beacon lighting on May 8

​Date: 28/4/2015

PR 4936

Wakefield is marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE) on May 8, by taking part in a national beacon lighting ceremony.

A beacon will be lit at 9.30pm at Coronation Gardens which is next to the war memorial and County Hall.

Additionally, three prominent Wakefield landmarks, the Town Hall Clock, County Hall and the Cathedral, will be illuminated in red from 9.30pm -10.30pm, as part of the commemoration.

VE Day marked the end of six years of conflict during World War II, and this year the anniversary is being marked as a celebration of peace, and a time to remember and pay tribute to all those who played their part in achieving it.

Beacons will be lit in cities throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in commemoration of the peace.

Wakefield Mayor, Cllr Sandra Pickin said: “The 70th anniversary of VE Day is a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that so many people during World War II.
“The lighting of beacons is a fitting way to celebrate peace and pay tribute to those who helped achieve victory in the war.”

Wakefield Council is asking people to gather on at 9.15pm on May 8 at Coronation Gardens next to the war memorial and County Hall.

The beacon ceremony will start at 9.30pm with a fanfare, played on a bugle. This will be followed by a reading by Harry Wakefield, a second world war veteran, which will pay tribute to the people who gave their lives in World War II. At 9.32pm, Cllr Sandra Pickin will light the beacon. It will remain alight for an hour.