Portsmouth prepares for VE Day anniversary

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PREPARATIONS are under way for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory In Europe Day.

On Friday, Portsmouth will join the celebrations to mark the anniversary of the official surrender of the Nazis to the Allied Forces in World War two.

In recognition of all those involved in the war effort more than 100 beacons will be lit across the country in commemoration of the announcement of peace.

Portsmouth will be joining in with a beacon lighting at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill.

The beacon lighting at Fort Widley will be attended by the Lord Mayor and veterans.

The occasion will be marked with a bugle call then a tribute will be read out remembering the sacrifices made before the beacon is lit at 9.32pm.

A beacon at the Round Tower at Portsmouth Harbour will be lit at the same time.

Events in London, including a Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on Friday at 3pm and a parade, from Westminster Abbey to Whitehall and a fly-past by the Red Arrows on will be shown on the big screen in Guildhall Square over the weekend.

On Sunday residents across the city will also host seven street parties in Baffins, Fratton and Southsea to celebrate the anniversary.

The weekend will end with a service of Choral Evensong at the Anglican cathedral at 6pm.