VE Day 70: Portsmouth to mark anniversary

Children celebrate VE Day, amid the ruins of their home in Battersea, South London
Children celebrate VE Day, amid the ruins of their home in Battersea, South London
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FRIDAY marks the landmark anniversary of one of the greatest days of the 20th century.

Tomorrow will be exactly 70 years on from Victory in Europe Day – or VE Day as it became known – recognised for the surrender of German forces, bringing the Second World War in Europe to a close.

Spontaneous celebrations broke out up and down the land and across the continent as millions of people marked the end of the war.

More than 100 beacons will be lit across the country and beacons will be lit at Fort Widley and at the Round Tower in Old Portsmouth.

Uniformed gun crews from Ubique Right of the Line will fire a 25 pounder self-propelled gun at 1pm and 3pm on Friday at Fort Nelson, followed by a two-minute silence, to commemorate the anniversary.

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

People in Portsmouth will also do their bit to mark the anniversary, and VE Day street parties will be held across the city on Sunday.

The street parties are being hosted in the following roads:

- Samuel Road (between junctions of Clive Road and Brookfield Road)

- Lynton Grove

- Jubilee Road

- Nettlecombe Avenue

- Chasewater Avenue

- Victor Road

- Lorne Road

- Empshott Road

The weekend will end with a special service of Choral Evensong at Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday.